To the Editor:
Cuts in food aid are leading Syrian refugees to take desperate measures (âChild Labor Rises Sharply in Syria Unrest,â news article, July 2).
This is a terrible situation for Syrian children to be forced to beg and work just to get a meal. But we can do something about it.
After World War II, Gens. Douglas MacArthur and Lucius Clay set up school feeding for millions of children in Japan and Germany, respectively. These meals saved a whole generation of children. The school feeding gives children nutrition, but it also gets them in school and learning. It gets them away from child labor.
The United Nations World Food Program has some limited school feeding for Syrian refugee children, but it needs a big expansion in funding and support.
The United States and the international community should help put the school meals in place immediately for the rehabilitation of Syrian children. Until we can find an end to this war, we must feed child war victims.
The writer partnered with the World Food Program on the book âEnding World Hunger.â