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What would you cook on a Syrian refugee family’s rations?
October 18, 2013 by The IRC
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As Syria's civil war rages on, cutting off food supplies, families in in the Al-Hasakah region of eastern Syria are facing what may be an unusually harsh winter without enough to eat.
The IRC is one of only a few international aid organizations working in this often-overlooked region. Alongside a partner based in neighboring Iraq, the IRC has launched a pilot program delivering two months of emergency food rations to 750 families who have been uprooted by the ongoing violence. Each ration contains enough rice, lentils, beans, canned fish, cooking oil and other staples to feed six people for 30 days. As freezing temperatures set in, Syrian families far from home will be able to turn these ingredients into familiar comfort foods – such as warming lentil soup, hearty bean stew and savory bulgur pilaf – that also are extremely nutritious.
What would you make with the ingredients in a Syrian refugee family’s monthly food ration?
A Look Inside an IRC Family Food Ration
Family food rations are designed with shelf life, nutrition and beneficiary preference in mind. Rations distributed this month in eastern Syria will contain the following:
Rice (18kg); Bulgur (4kg); Pasta (2kg); Brown lentils (2kg); Canned chick peas (2 kg); Red lentils (5 kg); Cooking oil (4 liters); White kidney beans (3 kg); Tomato paste (1 kg); Canned tuna (1 kg); Salt 500g; Sugar 2kg"