WFP / SYRIA HUNGER COVID-19

26-Jun-2020 00:03:36
Nine years into the conflict, Syrians today face an unprecedented hunger crisis as the prices of basic foods reach levels unseen even at the height of the nine-year conflict and millions of people are pushed deeper into poverty, according to the World Food Programme (WFP). WFP
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STORY: WFP / SYRIA HUNGER COVID-19
TRT: 03:36
SOURCE: WFP
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: DATELINE: 9 - 20 JUNE 20, DEIR EZZOR, 22 JUNE 20, DAMASCUS, 6-7 APRIL 20, AL-DANA CAMPS, IDLIB, 22 APRIL 20, SARMADA, AL-DANA SUB-DISTRICT, IDLIB, 15 APRIL 2020, DALAMA CAMP, IDLIB, SYRIA
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20 JUNE 20, DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA

1. Various shots, destruction and sparsely stocked markets

9 -10 JUNE 20, DEIR EZZOR, SYRIA

2. Various shots of WFP distribution of food and oil with COVID-19 preventative measures in place

22 JUNE 20, DAMASCUS, SYRIA

3. SOUNDBITE (English) Corinne Fleischer, Syria Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“The food prices have never been as high as that over 9 years of conflict. And people tell us that they can’t afford to buy food on the market, they have to wait to buy food on the market until prices come down. Imagine, they are not waiting to buy a television or sports shoes, they are waiting to buy food. Parents can’t afford to feed their children anymore. They are cutting meals they are selling all their assets, and they are giving them less to eat.”

7 APRIL 20, AL-DANA CAMPS, IDLIB, SYRIA

4. Various shots, makeshift shelters for people displaced from fighting

22 APRIL 20, SARMADA, AL-DANA SUB-DISTRICT, IDLIB, SYRIA

5. Various shots, freshly baked bread made from WFP fortified wheat flour, bread being packaged and stacked for distribution

7 APRIL 20, AL-DANA CAMPS, IDLIB, SYRIA

6. Various shots, bread distribution directly to people living in tents displaced from fighting

6 APRIL 20, AL-DANA CAMPS, IDLIB, SYRIA

7. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Um Tayyem, Displaced from Mount Zawiya:
“Because of the continuous bombing, we were displaced many times until we arrived at this camp.”
8. Various shots, Um Tayyem’s children studying and playing inside the family tent
9. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Um Tayyem, Displaced from Mount Zawiya:
“During this coronavirus pandemic, when we receive our monthly food basket, WFP staff take precautionary measures by wearing masks and disinfecting everyone’s hands and keeping safe distances between people.”

15 APRIL 2020, DALAMA CAMP, IDLIB, SYRIA

10. Various shots, food distribution with COVID-19 preventative measures in place.
STORYLINE
Nine years into the conflict, Syrians today face an unprecedented hunger crisis as the prices of basic foods reach levels unseen even at the height of the nine-year conflict and millions of people are pushed deeper into poverty, according to the World Food Programme (WFP).

WFP estimates that 9.3 million Syrians are now food insecure – with an increase of 1.4 million in the last six months alone. A toxic cocktail of conflict, economic standstill, the freefall of the Lebanese economy - which is a vital bridge to Syria’s - and COVID-19 lockdown measures, has pushed food prices more than 200 percent higher in less than a year.

SOUNDBITE (English) Corinne Fleischer, Syria Country Director, World Food Programme (WFP):
“The food prices have never been as high as that over 9 years of conflict. And people tell us that they can’t afford to buy food on the market, they have to wait to buy food on the market until prices come down. Imagine, they are not waiting to buy a television or sports shoes, they are waiting to buy food. Parents can’t afford to feed their children anymore. They are cutting meals they are selling all their assets, and they are giving them less to eat.”

Food prices are 20 times higher than their pre-crisis levels with the price of a basic package of foodstuffs 4,000 Syrian Pounds pre-conflict and now 76,000 SYP. Families are forced into painful survival choices such as cutting meals, reducing portions, selling assets and going deeper into debt. Even before schools shut due to COVID-19, many parents took their children out of school as they could no longer afford to send them.

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Um Tayyem, Displaced from Mount Zawiya:
“Because of the continuous bombing, we were displaced many times until we arrived at this camp.”

SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Um Tayyem, Displaced from Mount Zawiya:
“During this coronavirus pandemic, when we receive our monthly food basket, WFP staff take precautionary measures by wearing masks and disinfecting everyone’s hands and keeping safe distances between people.”

Each month WFP provides food assistance to 4.8 million vulnerable people across all 14 governates of Syria and supports mothers and young children to improve their nutrition, while also providing school meals and snacks to students and helping families to restore their livelihoods.

On the eve of a donors pledging conference for Syria, WFP said it urgently requires US$200 million to continue to provide food assistance in Syria until the end of the year. Unless new funding is available by August, WFP will be forced to drastically cut rations as well as the number of people reached with food as of October 2020.
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