Lebanon Removes Subsidies; Refugees Distressed Due to Soaring Food Price

Lebanon has officially removed all of the subsidies on fuel which is followed by soaring food prices. As a result, Palestinian and Syrian refugees in Lebanon are severely affected by the regulation.

Lebanon crisis.
Illustration. Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, LEBANON – On Wednesday (10/20/2021), the Lebanon authority has officially removed the subsidies on fuel, making the cost of one car fuel tank more than its monthly minimum wage of LBP 302,700 or IDR 3 million.

Ther raised fuel prices don’t only cause soaring on transportation costs but also electricity, water, and food prices. Approximately, food prices in Lebanon soar up to 404 percent. The fact that 80 percent of Lebanon’s population is living in poverty worsens the price crisis causing many Lebanese unable to meet their food needs.

Furthermore, hundreds of thousands of refugees in Lebanon are also severely affected by the crisis. Many of them are unemployed which makes it difficult for the refugees to afford food.

“The economic crisis is already difficult for the Lebanese people. Can you imagine how much more agonizing it is for the refugees there? Even before the current crisis, their lives have been arduous. Now, with the worsening economic crisis, the refugees’ lives must be in more misery,” said Firdaus Guritno from ACT’s Global Humanity Response, Saturday (10/23/2021).

Firdaus continues, most of the refugees in Lebanon can only rely on international humanitarian aid. It’s not because they were not trying but it’s very difficult for them to get a job due to a lack of vacancy.

“The number of famine and food insecurities are expected to rise if food aid can’t be immediately distributed to them. In June, the UN has warned that at least half of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are food insecure,” Firdaus added.

Apparently, the World Bank has described Lebanon’s economic crisis as one of the world's worst in modern history. The decline in the Lebanese currency has extremely raised the gas price which also threatens the country’s food production activities.[]