This has forced people to devise new coping strategies, such as eating less, selling fuel aid to buy food, burning old shoes to keep warm, and skipping urgent medical procedures.
“Vulnerable Syrians are still facing a decade of hardship, but suffering can be halted with international political will. While the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine still requires global attention, donors and governments meeting in Brussels must not forget their commitment to Syria. The survival of millions of vulnerable Syrians will depend on how much funding is provided for their continuing serious needs, he said. Carsten HansenNRC Regional Director for the Middle East.
Of the more than 400 people who responded to the NRC survey, only one in ten said they could meet the $ 206 needed each month to cover food, rent, education, and other necessities. Food is at the forefront of needs and is the most regular thing for most of the people interviewed separately by the NRC in 2022, and 87 per cent said they now have to skip meals to cover other costs of living.
Rana*, who is responsible for $ 10 a week in childcare in northern Syria, said: “We have to dispense food according to what and how much we eat. We have replaced olive oil and rice with cheaper substitutes. Sometimes we have to cancel our generator order because I can’t find the money. I’d rather buy milk and diapers for the baby. I have one child left in school, but I know I may have to take him out soon. I can’t bear the cost. “
The crisis in Ukraine is exacerbating the chronic food security problem affecting internally displaced Syrians in the country and in neighboring countries.
Living conditions are very difficult and we have not seen anything. £ 2,000 was bought before the main goods – now it gives you nothing. £ 50,000, if you find it, is not enough for even one day, “he said Sahar*, a mother of six living in rural Damascus.
When asked about long-term solutions to the crisis, Syrian families told the NRC that they would like more jobs to be created and cash and food aid to be provided to compensate for the sharp rise in food prices.
The NRC warns that Syria has fallen off the priority list of international finance and diplomatic efforts. The organization calls on donors meeting at the Brussels Conference to pledge to maintain the current level of humanitarian assistance in emergencies, including cash. Donors should also increase funding for the restoration of public services and early recovery in Syria, such as in the water, health, agriculture and education sectors.
Source: Norwegian Refugee Council
Source: The Nordic Page