Thursday, March 12, 2015

The Syrian Tragedy

The war in Syria has plunged 80% of its people into poverty. 30% of the population have descended into abject poverty where households struggle to meet the basic food needs to sustain bare life.

It has reduced life expectancy by 20 years, from 75.9 years in 2010 to an estimated 55.7 years at the end of 2014, reducing longevity and life expectancy by 27%.

Almost three million Syrians lost their jobs during the conflict, which meant that more than 12 million people lost their primary source of income and unemployment surged from 14.9% in 2011 to 57.7% at the end of 2014.

Syria now has the second-largest refugee population in the world after the Palestinians, with 3.33 million people fleeing to other countries. In addition, 1.55 million Syrians left the country to find work and a safer life elsewhere while 6.8 million fled their homes but remain in Syria.
Education is also “in a state of collapse” with 50.8% of school-age children no longer attending school during 2014-2015 and almost half losing three years of schooling.

The number of deaths in the conflicts rose dramatically to 210,000. Together with the 840,000 wounded, this represented 6 percent of Syria’s population killed or injured during the conflict.

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