More than 1.2 million Iraqi refugees are living in Syria, according to government figures. Of those, 130,000 (all of whom have mobile phones, WFP spokeswoman Emilia Casella told Agence France-Presse) regularlyreceive food aid and other assistance from the WFP and the U.N. HighCommissioner for Refugees, so this pilot program is but a drop in thebucket. However, if it works, it could be a huge boon to refugees allover the world.
Special SIM cards were donated by mobile phone service provider MTN forthe four-month pilot, which could be extended if successful.
Syria’s Ministry of Economy and Trade will provide the food items throughits stores in the Jaramana and Sayeda Zeinab neighbourhoods inDamascus, where most Iraqi refugees live.
Giving these people a choice of what they eat is a measure of respect shown to them.
I like this idea and I'm sure that the recipients will too.
Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone you may still exist, but you have ceased to live.
realneil, you're forgetting a major issue here: corruption. Stolen or hacked SIM cards would just be the beginning.
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