Drought Threatens Syria Economy as Refugees Flee Parched Farms

Published on 01 March 2010

A few miles beyond an irrigated golf course on the outskirts of Damascus, scores of refugees fleeing drought in Syria’s northeastern breadbasket have settled into tents on a rocky field. (..) Complicating life for the refugees is limited humanitarian help. The World Food Programmme in Rome appealed last August for $23 million in aid. It received only about $6 million, the organization’s country director, Mohannad Hadi, told Syria Today magazine. The winter rain “means farmers in the northeast may have crops after the harvest,” he said. “But it won’t put food on the table for them today.”

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