War sets Syria back three decades in human development

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Millennium Development Goals

Syria has lost more than three decades in human development during its three-year old civil war, according to a new report on the impact of the conflict on the country's development goals.

The report released by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) shows that almost 45 per cent of Syrians live below the poverty line, compared to 12 per cent prior to the war.

The unemployment rate has also drastically increased, from eight to almost 50 per cent.

Abdalla Dardari, a senior economist at ESCWA, says that before the war, Syria was one of the few Arab countries which had surpassed all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Today, he says Syria is only more advanced in reaching the goals than Somalia.

“In just three years, the country lost more than three decades in human development. There is a dramatic decrease and deterioration, to the point that we can say unfortunately with confidence that it has become impossible for Syria to attain any of the MDGS by 2015.” (0'17")

The report predicts that if the crisis continues until 2015, 90 per cent of Syrians will be considered as poor.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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