Lebanon minister asks WFP to increase support

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BEIRUT, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- Lebanese Minister of Social Affairs Richard Kuyumjian on Thursday called upon the World Food Program (WFP) to increase its support for the Lebanese society to enable it to sustain the burden of Syrian refugees, the National News Agency reported.

"The economic and social burden of hosting Syrian refugees has increased tremendously and we ask for more support for the Lebanese host community," he said during his meeting with a delegation from the WFP headed by Muhannad Hadi, the United Nations WFP's regional director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and Eastern Europe.

Kuyumjian also brought up the program established between Lebanon and the organization to support impoverished Lebanese people.

"This is a very important program given the deteriorating economic situation and the increase in the number of people who live under the poverty line in Lebanon," he said.

A study published by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in 2018 states that 30 percent of the Lebanese population live on less than four U.S. dollars per day or 120 U.S. dollars per month.

It states that about 300,000 are considered extremely poor and live on less than 2.5 U.S. dollars per day without being able to meet their basic food needs. Enditem

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