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WFP applauds China's aid support to refugees residing in Iran
November 27,2017   By:Xinhua
TEHRAN, Nov.27,2017-- The UN World Food Programme (WFP) on Sunday welcomes China's contribution to provide one million U.S. dollars worth food aid to Afghan and Iraqi refugees and promote education for refugee girls residing in Iran.
 
WFP is very grateful to Chinese government for its contribution, which was carried out since August this year, said Negar Gerami, WFP Representative in Iran, during a press conference held in Tehran.
 
It will enable us to address the basic food needs of Afghan and Iraqi refugees in Iran, strengthen their livelihoods and provide food security, she said.
 
According to Gerami, the one million-dollar contribution from China has been used in locally purchase of 1200 tons fortified wheat flour, sunflower oil, lentils, rice and sugar as food distributions for 30000 Afghan and Iraqi refugees living in settlements across Iran.
 
As part of the implementation of the South-South Cooperation Assistance Fund initiated by Chinese government in 2015, efforts are being made including the one million-dollar contribution project to achieve food security for the most vulnerable Afghan and Iraqi refugees in Iran, according to a statement by the Chinese Embassy in Iran.
 
WFP has been providing food assistance to these refugees since the first asylum seekers arrived from Afghanistan and Iraq in the late 1980s.
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