Target: Ertharin Cousin, head of the U.N.’s World Food Programme
Goal: Increase efforts to provide food aid to refugees rather than telling them they’re no longer going to receive food and essentially are going to starve.
More than 200,000 refugees living inside camps in Jordan were told via text message that they would no longer be receiving food aid from the U.N.’s World Food Programme. The refugees had come to rely on the aid as they have no other means of getting food, and now many are questioning if they will have to sell themselves or their daughters in order to get money for food to survive. The selling of daughters has become a common problem.
The text message read, “Due to the low amounts of contributions the WFP is sorry to inform you that your food aid has been stopped.”
Abeer Etefa, senior regional communications officer for the WFP in the Middle East, said they had done their best to continue supplying food but could no longer afford it. If the organization is dealing with a shortage of funds, they need to step up its efforts to encourage contributions and let this problem be known. You cannot simply give up and tell thousands of people they will starve.
By turning a blind eye to this problem, the WFP is turning a blind eye to humanity. While these organization members will go home to their families and have dinner, thousands of refugees will separate from their families in order to survive and may even starve to death. Tell the WFP to increase efforts to provide food aid to refugees rather than giving up.
Dear Ertharin Cousin,
More than 200,000 refugees living inside camps in Jordan were told via text message by your organization that they would no longer be receiving food aid they have come to rely on to survive. Now many refugees may feel they need to sell themselves or their daughters into arranged marriages to get money for food.
If a shortage of funds is the problem, your organization needs to step up its efforts to encourage contributions. You should have seen this coming as funds declined and had a plan to deal with issues rather than letting thousands of people be told they may starve.
I urge you to increase efforts to provide food aid to refugees rather than seemingly giving up on them.
[Your Name Here]
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