A BLOODY CONFLICT
In January 2011, anti-government protesters took to the streets of Syria, calling for change and reform. The government of Syria responded to the peaceful demonstrations with excessive force, killing thousands of protesters and injuring many more. The Syrian army laid siege on the cities of Daraa, Baniyas, Hama, Homs, Talkalakh, Latakia, the Midan and Duma districts of Damascus and several other towns. With protests growing across Syria, there was growing instability in the region.
Almost four years later over ten million people have been affected by what became a full blown civil war; half of those affected are known to be children. The need for food in particular has exacerbated due to widespread displacement, a reduction in agricultural production, disruption of markets and transportation and destruction of infrastructure like mills and bakeries. According to the World Food Program, more than 6.3 million people within Syria require emergency food assistance. The crisis of food insecurity within the region has reached an unprecedented level.