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Syrians helpless due to economic crisis

Spiralling inflation has forced people to devise survival strategies such as eating less, selling fuel aid to buy food, burning old shoes to keep warm and skipping urgent medical procedures.

Vulnerable Syrian families need urgent financial support to survive the country’s debilitating economic crisis, warns the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) ahead of the sixth Brussels pledging conference on Syria.

New findings released by NRC today show how families across Syria are struggling to cope as their incomes rapidly lose value in the face of spiralling price inflation. This has forced people to devise new survival strategies such as eating less, selling fuel aid to buy food, burning old shoes to keep warm, and skipping urgent medical procedures.

“Vulnerable Syrians face another decade of hardship, but the suffering can be stopped by international political will. While the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine continues to demand world attention, donors and governments meeting in Brussels must not forget about their commitment to Syria. The very survival of millions of vulnerable Syrians will depend on how much funding will be made available to meet their ongoing dire needs,” said Carsten Hansen, NRC’s Middle East Regional Director.

Among the over 400 people surveyed by NRC, only one in ten reported being able to meet the $206 USD needed each month to cover food, rent, education, and other essentials. Food tops the list of needs and is among the most rationed items for the majority of people separately interviewed by NRC in 2022, with 87 per cent saying they now have to skip meals to meet other living costs.

Source: NRC

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