ISIS Rebranding United Nations’ Food Aid to Syria with Own Military Logo
The World Food Program, the food relief agency of the United Nations, has announced that it is “extremely concerned" about recent images across social media platforms and websites supporting the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL), in which food relief supplies distributed by the UN appear to have been rebranded with the ISIS logo, reports The New York Times.
In the images, women and children are shown collecting bags of flour and other boxes of food that bear the logo of the UN’s World Food Program, which have been covered by paper labels from ISIS.
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The World Food Program currently distributes food for more than four million people in Syria each month, but in September, a warehouse belonging to the Syrian Arab Red Crescent, a WFP partner, was reportedly seized by ISIS and there has since been no contact with the workers.
“W.F.P. condemns this manipulation of desperately needed food aid inside Syria,” Muhannad Hadi, the agency’s emergency coordinator for Syria, said in a statement released on Monday. The agency is still working to verify the authenticity of the images.