Young Syrian refugees play in the interior court of the Akre refugee camp in Akre, Iraq, May 17, 2016. Reuters/Sebastien Malo via REUTERS
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As Mohammad Said Amin witnessed the intensifying battle between government forces and rebel groups for control of his hometown of Damascus, he and his wife made a plan to escape.Although Amin has no job, he and his wife receive a $38 monthly lump sum from the U.N. World Food Program as part of a pilot project to offer assistance in cash rather than goods, food or vouchers.More than 14,000 households receive cash under the program launched in Iraq this year.Aid officials say the relative stability of Iraqi Kurdistan has made it possible to roll out a form of food assistance that has been touted as a more efficient way of delivering aid.In conflict areas in Syria, where WFP is providing food to more than 4 million people, handing out cash indiscriminately would risk causing inflation, she said.Amin said cash was better than food vouchers which he could only use in specially designated shops, where goods are often pricier than in neighboring stores.Opportunities to work in Aqrah are close to none, leaving Amin and many others feeling frustrated and aimless.The local authorities, who say they are feeling the strain of the refugee crisis, are also calling for more cash assistance for displaced Iraqis.
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