The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has appealed for $1.7 million to feed 30,000 of the poorest Iraqi refugees who have fled to Syria.

“Those leaving Iraq are doing so in greater haste and either have had no time to sell their belongings, or cannot find buyers,” WFP Country Representative in Syria Pippa Bradford said. “As a result, people arrive in Syria with far less cash, only to find there are fewer opportunities to cope than for those who came before them.”

There are 1.8 million Iraqi refugees estimated to be scattered around the Middle East.

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