BEIRUT — The United Nations said Wednesday that it is slashing food aid for Syrians because of funding shortfalls that are already deepening the suffering of millions of refugees from their country’s protracted civil war.
Starting this month, the World Food Program will reduce the food allowance given to 1.6 million of the 3.9 million Syrian refugees worldwide, most of them living in neighboring countries, the U.N. agency said in a statement.
The cut is the second in eight months and comes as the spiraling needs of Syrians who fled the war as many as four years ago outpace the money donated to help them.
In December, the per-capita ration allowance was cut from $27 to $19 a month, and the amount will be reduced to $13.50 a month soon — half the calculated minimum that the refugees need to survive, according to Joelle Eid, a spokeswoman for the WFP in Amman, Jordan.
Unless the agency receives an additional $139 million, she said, Syrian refugees in Jordan will face further cuts next month and food aid to all refugees in the region will be suspended entirely by September.