U.N. Spotlights Worsening Humanitarian Crises in Syria

Malnourished children in Idlib, Syria. (Photo courtesy of Ahmed akacha/Pexels)

Syria’s never-ending humanitarian crisis, already more than a decade in the making, reached a historic low this week.

Drought-like conditions have led to the lowest wheat harvest since 2011. The severe water shortage is making Syria’s cholera outbreak even worse. Furthermore, the U.N. reports that the number of people needing help to survive winter is up by 30 percent since last year.

“There are more urgent priorities regarding the global scope of need, particularly with Ukraine, forcing people’s attention away from Syria. But the reality is they’re in a dire crisis,” Samuel* of Redemptive Stories says.

Like neighboring Lebanon, a series of crises in Syria make survival increasingly difficult. “The only way most families are subsisting right now is because they have relatives, particularly their sons, who have fled to other countries and are now sending money back,” Samuel says.

“We see young men fleeing the country at alarming rates, particularly Christian men, so that they can provide for their families.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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