Refugees because the rains never came

Published on 03 September 2009

On a small triangle of dirt, wedged between two roads half-an-hour’s drive east from central Damascus, is a squalid encampment, home to some 50 people. (..) Syria has drawn on international aid to help mitigate the effects of the drought. The World Food Programme has been handing out emergency packages to try to prevent burgeoning malnutrition rates and stem the flow of rural to urban migration. A total of 200,000 people, mainly farming families, are receiving its assistance.

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