Syria: Aid gap grows as humanitarian funds fall short

Published on 20 July 2012

“Overall poverty levels have increased, access to basic supplies and services is deteriorating,” said Cairo-based Abeer Etefa of the World Food Program. The prices of food and fuel have risen by about 50 per cent in the last year. They follow years of drought in poor rural areas, and rising unemployment as the conflict spread. The UN program supplies basic food baskets to 850,000 of Syria’s 22 million people, and numbers are likely to rise.

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