The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) organized a photo exhibit in CerModern, Ankara, to acknowledge the support of the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF) to their food security programme in Turkey. The photography exhibition called “Back to Basics – Food, Solidarity, Hope” organized to bring faces and moments of Syrian refugees life in accommodation centres in the Southeast of Turkey.
The opening ceremony of the photo exhibit was held on 13 January with large attendance. Hansjoerg Haber, Head of EU Delegation to Turkey, Jean-Yves Lequime, Director WFP Office in Turkey, Fatih Ozer, Head of Response Department of AFAD and Mehmet Güllüoğlu, Director General of Turkish Red Crescent, all attended the WFP-EU joint ceremony and delivered speeches.
“Turkey has called for more support, and the European Union answered the call: as the crisis has deepened, the EU has stepped up its support to Syria and neighbouring countries. The EU is the leading international donor in the response to the Syrian crisis with more than € 4.7 billion mobilised by the EU institutions and Member States collectively. In 2016, as foreseen by the EU-Turkey Joint Action Plan and the EU-Turkey Summit of last November, the EU will start to provide substantial new financial resources worth €3 billion through a new legal framework: the Refugee Facility for Turkey.” said EU Head of Delegation Hansjoerg Haber.
“Two and a half million Syrians now live here in Turkey thanks to generosity of the Turkish people. Today we are in close coordination with AFAD and with our partner Turkish Red Crescent, WFP is assisting 154,000 Syrians with e-food card assistance across 11 camps, as well as some 50,000 vulnerable Syrians living in host communities. We can continue our programme with support from our donors. Today we are here to share some photos from the camps that we operate with Kızılay and would like to show how food assistance and solidarity helps them.” WFP-Turkey Director Jean-Yves Lequime, said.
After the speeches, a short film showcasing joint WFP-Turkish Red Crescent operations supported by the EUTF was screened, followed by a reception.
The exhibition is composed of 32 photos taken by Berna Çetin and Barkın Bülbül in accommodation centres where Syrian refugees live. They bring light on their life in accommodation centres to the public and show how solidarity and covering their basic needs keep their hope alive, put a smile on their faces and food on their tables.
The exhibit remained open until 24 January.
About e-Food Card Programme
WFP launched its e-Food Card Programme in partnership with the Turkish Red Crescent (TRC/Kizilay) and in close coordination with AFAD in October 2012. The e-food cards are automatically uploaded each month and beneficiaries are able to redeem the card value at any time throughout the month in contracted shops both inside camps and in nearby urban centres. The programme facilitates greater and easier access to varied and nutritious food supplies, helps to restore dignity and a degree of normalcy to beneficiaries’ lives while directly benefiting local economies. In Turkey, WFP assists 204.000 Syrian refugees through electronic food vouchers.
About the European Union Trust Fund
The European Union Trust Fund was established in December 2014 in response to the Syrian crisis. WFP is grateful for contributions received from the European Union Trust Fund (EUTF). In September 2015, the EUTF awarded WFP Turkey a grant of 5 million Euros to provide up to 41.000 vulnerable Syrian refugees, half of them are children, living in Osmaniye, Harran, and Kahramanmaras Accommodation Centers, with six months of food assistance through electronic vouchers.
The EUTF aims to strengthen the resilience of affected communities and to provide flexible support to the host government’s response. In Turkey, priority will be given to livelihood, and food security and access to education, support for community centers and psycho-social support to refugees.
WFP is the world’s largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience. Each year, WFP assists some 80 million people in around 80 countries.