Crises around the world have taken away the headlines about Syria's problems. Syria now has the sixth-highest number of food insecure people in the world
Following 12 years of war, an economy crippled by runaway inflation where food prices have increased nearly twelve-fold over the last three years, a currency that has collapsed to a record low, 12 million people do not know where their next meal is coming from. 2.5 million people who are severely food insecure, and their lives are at risk without food assistance. Child and maternal malnutrition are increasing at a speed never seen before – not even during over a decade of war.
Another 2.9 million people are at risk of sliding into hunger, meaning that 70% of the population may soon be unable to put food on the table for their families.
United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director, David Beasley, said:
“If we don’t address this humanitarian crisis in Syria, things are going to get worse than we can possibly imagine. Another wave of mass migration like the one that swept across Europe in 2015 – is that what the international community wants? If not, we must urgently seize this opportunity to avert the looming catastrophe and work together to bring peace and stability to the Syrian people.”
Hunger soars to 12-year high in Syria, WFP chief calls for urgent action - Syrian Arab Republic | ReliefWeb
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