The ongoing financial crisis in Lebanon has put over half a million children at risk according to a new report from Save The Children.
The report warns that at least 910,000 people in the capital Beirut don’t have access to enough food. And they estimate that number includes 564,000 children.
Lebanon’s financial crisis has seen food prices soar across the country which could lead to children dying of starvation.
Lebanon’s currency has lost 80% of its value in the last 10 months. And the government estimate that 75% of the population need help.
Tip of the iceberg
“These numbers [are] likely to be just the tip of the iceberg as families across Lebanon struggle to cope with the soaring prices of food, rent and other necessities,” the group said.
And the crisis is affecting a wide range of nationalities including Palestinian and Syrian refugees.
“We will start seeing children dying from hunger before the end of the year,” said Jad Sakr, acting country director of Save the Children in Lebanon.
“Children, even those from Lebanese middle-income families, are increasingly eating less or nothing at all for a whole day just to make ends meet. In some cases, children are working to help with the family income, keeping them away from their education.”
According to this report by the World Food Programme (WFP), prices for basic food items have risen by 169% while unemployment has risen by up to 45%.
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