The power of cash for refugees

A man, fleeing a military offensive in South Waziristan, holds his national identity card and an ATM cash card while waiting to get food handouts at a distribution point for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Dera Ismail Khan,  in Pakistan's restive North West Frontier Province, October 27, 2009. Pakistan forces killed 19 militants in an intense clash in South Waziristan on Monday while insurgents aiming to divert the army's attention launched a raid in another northwestern region, officials said. REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood   (PAKISTAN CONFLICT) - GM1E5AR1D8001

Cash assistance has provided invaluable support to refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. Image: REUTERS/Faisal Mahmood

David Beasley
Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme
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