Millions of Syrians Bitterly Try to Survive in Food Insecurity

12.4 million people in Syria are struggling to get enough food supply. From those numbers, at least 1,3 million people are classified to be in severe food insecurity which shows that they can't survive without food aid.

The camp situation in Idlib, Syria.
Illustration. The IDP camp in Idlib, Syria. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SYRIA – The worsening food security in Syria has caused hunger among millions of Syrians. According to the World Food Programme, a total of 12.4 million people in Syria are struggling to get enough food to eat.

The Syrian civil war which has been going on for 10 years has destroyed the economy and raised the inflation throughout the country as well as the food staple price which has raised by 236%.

The Syrian parents decide to eat smaller portions so that their children can also eat. Meanwhile, those who are short of money, have to take in debts and sell their assets to get some money. In addition, almost 50% of the Syrian population have reported that they had lost their jobs due to the economic deterioration and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, according to the data from Global Humanity Response Aksi Cepat Tanggap, almost half of the families in Syria, including the IDPs, have reported cases of malnutrition in February 2021.

“Even the price of khobz (Syrian bread) is getting more expensive and makes it difficult for them to buy it. It's just their simple staple food,” said Amir Firdausi from the Global Humanity Response - Aksi Cepat Tanggap, Wednesday (5/5/2021).

Amir then encouraged people to continue to help the victims of humanitarian conflict in Syria. “Any kind of assistance is very helpful for them, especially in Ramadan. It’s important for us to bring joy to our brothers and sisters there (in Syria),” he said.[]