Alarming Malnutrition Rates in Syria’s Northeast

Published on 21 July 2009

Malnutrition rates in Syria’s northeast have reached alarming heights, international aid agencies have warned. The dry northeast region of Syria is plagued with malnutrition levels that are one and a half times higher than in the rest of the country, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). (..) According to a 2008 World Food Program report, the rising price of food is having a “catastrophic effect” on Syria’s economy, and is exasperating the already insufficient food resources left after the drought.

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