Syrians today face an unprecedented hunger crisis as the prices of basic foods reach levels unseen even at the height of the nine-year conflict and millions of people are pushed deeper into poverty the United Nations World Food Programme says, on the eve of a donors pledging conference for Syria.
WFP estimates that 9.3 million Syrians are now food insecure – with an increase of 1.4 million in the last six months alone.
A toxic cocktail of conflict, economic standstill, the freefall of the Lebanese economy - which is a vital bridge to Syria’s - and COVID-19 lockdown measures, has pushed food prices more than 200% higher in less than a year.
WFP urgently requires US$200 million to continue to provide food assistance in Syria until the end of the year. Unless new funding is available by August, WFP will be forced to drastically cut rations as well as the number of people reached with food as of October 2020.