August 28, 2014
Syria is a country in ruins, the UN says
Two-thirds of Syrians live in poverty, 2.67 millions lost their jobs and public health and education systems are in ruins, according to a report released by the UN after three years of conflict and repression in the country.
The document says that “two-thirds of the population lives in poverty, with a 54.3 percent in extreme poverty”.
“Since the conflict started, 2.67 million people lost their jobs, as a consequence, 11 millions lost their livelihoods,” said investigator Alex Pollock, responsible for the report.
In average, over half of school-aged children are not going to school, 90 per cent of those who live in Raqqa and 68 per cent of kids in Aleppo.
Syrian violence also affected the country’s public health infrastructure, and forced medical personnel to flee to avoid being killed. Over 60 of 91 of Syrian public hospitals were affected by the armed conflict. Almost half of them are not running at the moment, according to the report.