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Stephane Dujarric: Syria is the largest number of IDPs in the world

Spokesman for the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Stephane Dujarric, stated that Syria is the largest number of IDPs in the world on its territory, estimated about 6.9 million.

“Ongoing hostilities, poor infrastructure and ever-decreasing purchasing power are undermining people’s resilience. There are now 14.6 million needy this year and approximately 6.9 million displaced,” Dujarric said in a statement yesterday.

Dujarric stressed, “This is the largest number of IDPs in the world, and they face high needs and limited access to basic services.  90 Percent of the population is estimated to live below the poverty line.

Dujarric pointed out that Syria “is now ranked among the most food insecure countries in the world, with more than half of its population suffering from severe food insecurity, and a quarter of children under the age of five facing stunting, which causes irreversible damage to their development.”

He explained that “the United Nations and its partners are intensifying efforts to support resilience and early-recovery programming to revitalize access to critical basic services alongside life-saving work.”

The displaced people living outside Assad regime-controlled areas suffer from difficult humanitarian conditions in light of the harsh winter, and they suffer from great difficulty in securing living and basic necessities, as nearly 90% of the people live below the poverty line.

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