Seventy-five per cent of Syrians living in poverty

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Yarmouk residents gathered to await a food distribution from UNRWA (January 2014) – UNRWA Archives

Three in every four Syrians was living in poverty by the end of 2013, with more than half of the population living in extreme poverty, according to a UN report published on Wednesday.

It says most people are only able to secure the most basic food and non-food items required for their households.

The UN Relief Works and Agency (UNRWA), the UN Development Programme and the Syria Centre for Policy Research are the authors behind the "Squandering Humanity" report.

Since the conflict began, over two and a half million people have joined the unemployed leaving 11 million dependents without financial support.

By the end of 2013, the total economic loss to the country since the start of the conflict is estimated at USD 143.8 billion.

The conflict is also creating "economies of violence that flout human rights, civil liberties, poverty rights and the rule of law" the report underscores.

New political and economic elites are using national and international networks to trade illegally in weapons, commodities and people.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

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