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United Nations: Syria is a “hot spot for hunger”

A UN report called for the need to take urgent humanitarian measures and pointed out that 2022 is a year of catastrophic hunger. Syria is among 20 countries which is considered “a hot spot for hunger”.

The joint report issued by the World Food Program and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned of “the possibility that food insecurity in the 20 countries will deteriorate in the coming three months, between June and September 2022”.

The report revealed that “750,000 men, women and children are currently facing starvation and death in Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan, Ethiopia and South Sudan”.

The report stressed that “Syria, along with Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti and the Sahel region remain countries of grave concern, while Ethiopia, Nigeria, South Sudan, Yemen, Somalia and Afghanistan remain on high alert, facing catastrophic food insecurity”.

The UN report concluded that “in addition to conflict, climate shocks will continue to cause acute hunger as the world enters a new normal, in which recurrent droughts, floods and hurricanes destroyed agriculture, increasing displacement and pushing millions to the brink in these countries”.

The United Nations World Food Program had previously warned late last year 2021 of food insecurity in Syria, pointing out that it had reached its highest level since the start of the conflict.

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