WorldUNICEF: More than 30 percent of children in Lebanon go to bed...

UNICEF: More than 30 percent of children in Lebanon go to bed hungry at night


In the news in the Lebanese official news agency NNA, UNICEF’s report examining the impact of the economic crisis in Lebanon on children was included.

It was stated in the report that 77 percent of families in Lebanon do not have enough food or income to buy enough nutrition for their children, and more than 30 percent of the children in the country go to bed hungry in the evening.

According to the report, 60 percent of families in the country are able to shop for food by borrowing or saving their unpaid bills.

It was stated in the report that 40 percent of the children did not have any family members working, while 30 percent of them did not receive the basic health care they needed.

The UNICEF report also called on the Lebanese authorities to expand social protection measures by providing urgent needs and basic health services to all children in the country.

economic crisis in lebanon

Lebanese economy, which has a very fragile structure in terms of political divisions based on different religions and sects, is experiencing the biggest crisis since the civil war of 1975-1990.

The World Bank, in its report titled “Lebanon is sinking”, on the economic crisis that broke out in October 2019 and deepened with the explosion in Beirut Port on August 4, 2020, stated that “The current economic situation in Lebanon has been in decline since the middle of the 19th century. It is probably in the top 10, even in the top 3 of the most severe crisis periods in the world.” made his statements.

The Lebanese lira is traded at different prices due to depreciation in banks and the black market, even though the Central Bank keeps the exchange rate constant. While the official rate determined by the Central Bank is 1507, the current rate in banks is 3 thousand 900 liras, the dollar is traded at 17 thousand liras in the black market as of today.

Due to the fact that basic necessities such as food, medicine and fuel are imported in dollars in Lebanon, the exchange rate in the black market directly leads to the cost of living in the country.

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