As Syrians commemorated the first anniversary of last year's devastating earthquake on 6 February, they are in the midst of a similarly catastrophic — albeit silent — crisis.
The decision by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) to drastically cut aid to Syria has begun hitting northeast residents hard, deepening their anguish and layering misery upon misery.
The termination of aid, due to financial constraints, severs a crucial lifeline for the 5.5 million beneficiaries who heavily depended on essential food distributions at the beginning of 2023.
The impact of these cutbacks will be magnified by the worsening economic crises and escalating poverty stemming from 13 years of persistent conflict. According to UN estimates, an alarming 90% of Syrians currently live below the poverty threshold, with 3.2 million individuals on the brink of hunger and malnutrition.
The repercussions of the WFP's cuts will be particularly acute in northwest Syria, where 1,500 internal displacement camps are scattered. In these camps, women and children constitute nearly 80% of the recipients, underscoring the heightened vulnerability of this demographic to the impending humanitarian crisis.
These cutbacks will exacerbate the humanitarian and financial challenges, increase the risk of famine, and drive more people to consider leaving the country.