Coronavirus: Record number of people food insecure in Syria says UN


[15-05-2020 10:22 AM]

Ammon News - AMMONNEWS - A record 9.3 million people are now food insecure in Syria as spiraling prices and the coronavirus pandemic compound the damage of a nine-year war, the World Food Programme said Thursday.

“Record high food prices & now COVID-19 have pushed families in Syria beyond their limits,” the World Food Programme wrote on Twitter. “WFP estimates that a record 9.3 million people are now food insecure,” it said.

That figure has leapt from 7.9 million six months ago, a WFP spokeswoman said.

Syria’s war has devastated the country’s economy since 2011, plunging 80 percent of its people into poverty, according to the United Nations. Despite relative quiet in the country’s remaining battlefields, early 2020 has only seen the situation worsen. Much of the economy in government-held areas shuttered in March to prevent the spread of the pandemic.


Damascus has announced 48 cases of the novel coronavirus, including three deaths in government-held areas. In the Kurdish-held northeast, six cases have been recorded, including one death, according to the UN.

The opposition stronghold of Idlib in northwest Syria, where hundreds of thousands lived in overcrowded camps or makeshift shelters, has still not recorded any cases.

Government-held areas have started easing restrictions since the start of the month.

President Bashar al-Assad warned last week of catastrophe if that was mishandled, as “citizens from different segments of society have been forced to choose between hunger and poverty... or illness.”

Over the past year, Syrians in government-held areas have faced a fuel crisis, a plummeting Syrian pound on the black market, and steep price hikes.

Damascus has blamed Western sanctions for its struggling economy. The conflict has killed more than 380,000 people and displaced millions more from their homes.

*AFP




  • no comments

Notice
All comments are reviewed and posted only if approved.
Ammon News reserves the right to delete any comment at any time, and for any reason, and will not publish any comment containing offense or deviating from the subject at hand, or to include the names of any personalities or to stir up sectarian, sectarian or racial strife, hoping to adhere to a high level of the comments as they express The extent of the progress and culture of Ammon News' visitors, noting that the comments are expressed only by the owners.
name : *
email
show email
comment : *
Verification code : Refresh
write code :