Sep 9, 2010

Drought pushing millions into poverty

Al Hasakah
Deir ez-Zur
Ar Raqqah
Syria. Photo: Christiaan Triebert, Flickr
Syria. Photo: Christiaan Triebert, Flickr

A top UN official warns that Syria's drought is affecting food security and has pushed 2-3 million people into “extreme poverty”...“The situation is really bad,” said Selly Muzammil, spokesperson for the World Food Programme (WFP) in Syria...Schutter said four consecutive droughts had affected Syria since 2006, with the drought in 2007-2008 being particularly devastating. "The losses from these repeated droughts have been significant for the population in the northeastern part of the country, particularly in Al-Hasakeh, Deir Ezzor and Al-Raqqa"