Aid organization: 12 million Syrians do not have enough to eat


Syria is facing the most serious famine crisis to date in the ten years the war has lasted, says German NGOs.

12 million Syrians, over half of the country’s population, do not have enough food to eat.

It is an “alarming record”, says the German aid organization Welthungerhilfe.

After ten years of war, the humanitarian situation is extremely serious and has worsened over the past year, the NGO says.

Particularly the internally displaced in the country are hard hit.

– The situation in the camps is terrible, says the organization’s coordinator for Syria, Konstantin Witschel, after a visit to a camp in the city of Asas in the northern part of the country.

The UN estimates that 13 million people in Syria will need emergency aid from the international organizations working in the country during this year. That equates to 70 percent of the population.

Food prices have tripled, and many can only afford half of what is considered a minimum in order to survive.

The displaced lack pretty much everything, says Welthungerhilfe. The situation is exacerbated by the cold winter weather that has hit the region.

“During our visit, we met 30 children who only wore sweaters and sandals in six to seven degrees Celsius,” says Witschel.

There are approximately 2.7 million Syrians in the northwestern part of the country displaced from their homes. Over half of them live in camps.

The situation of the internally displaced is exacerbated by the corona crisis and outbreaks in the camps where they are staying.

On top of that, there have been recent floods in the camps.

At least one person has been killed and three injured in the floods, which have affected about 25,000 tents, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) wrote in an update on the situation.

The war in Syria began with peaceful demonstrations in March 2011. But it soon developed into an armed conflict that drew a large number of foreign fighters to the country.

At least 400,000 people are believed to have lost their lives in the war, and over half of the country’s population has been sent on the run from their homes.

/ ritzau / dpa


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