ACTNews, IDLIB – The deteriorating of food sovereignty in Syria has starved millions of its people. Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) endeavors to relieve the crisis by continuously distributing food aid to the Syrians. In November, warm khobz was distributed to IDPs in Idlib. The assistance distribution will continue until the end of December.
Approximately, 1,400 IDPs received the warm khobz. According to Firdaus Guritno from ACT’s Global Humanity Response, before 2011, Syria was able to produce enough grain to meet the country’s needs of loaves. However, since the war occured, the production and supply of loaves have been continuously decreased.
A lot of bakeries have been damaged and can no longer operate due to conflict. The loaves have become a rare commodity in which many people will travel through checkpoints just to get the loaves.
“Syrians were very happy to receive the big-sized loaves for free. Insha Allah, if the benefactors can continue to give their alms, there will be more people who can enjoy the loaves,” said Firdaus, Saturday (11/27/2021).
ACT team also distributes the loaves from door to door. (ACTNews)
According to alarming new national data from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), 12.4 million Syrians or nearly 60 percent of the population are now food insecure.
In just over one year, an additional 4.5 million Syrians have become food insecure. WFP says that the increase is alarming as the number shows that 60 percent of Syria’s population is food insecure.
The Syria war that has been lasted for 10 years also has destroyed the country’s economy including a spike in inflation. Over the last year, food prices across Syria have soared, and the price of basic items has increased by 236 percent. Meanwhile, on average, the price of oil has increased from 1000 Syrian pounds in January 2020, to 5000 Syrian pounds in January 2021.