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World refugee number highest since World War II: WFP

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The world has more refugees than it has had since World War II and the World Food Program (WFP) needs about $2 billion to meet the needs of refugees globally, WEF Executive Director Ertharin Cousin told Al Arabiya’s Diplomatic Avenue.

“We are in a very challenging period in global history. We have more refugees than we've had since World War II. We have five crises, four of them are conflict-made and conflict-driven, creating more needs for assistance around the world,” Cousin told Al Arabiya’s New York Bureau chief Talal al-Haj.

“Today, we are probably $2billion short from the actual needs of what is required to meet the total food needs of the entire global community,” Cousin added.

In Syria the program increased its supplies from feeding 250,000 people to 4.1 million people until last month and has a goal of feeding 4.3 million people by the end of the year, she added.

“It is ironic that now that we have more access inside the country we now have a shortage of funds to feed people. We need $95 million to ensure that we can reach the women and children who are in desperate need of food assistance between now and the end of the year inside Iraq,” Cousin said.

In Iraq, Cousin said the WEP is feeding 880,000 internally displaced people. “Iraq is an area where we are scaling up to feed over 1.1 million people,” Cousin said.