ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia
More than three-quarters of displaced and conflict-affected people have lost incomes since the coronavirus pandemic began, a humanitarian group said in a new report on Monday.
The Norwegian Refugee Council’s report, titled Downward Spiral: The Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Refugees and Displaced Persons, states that a survey is being conducted in Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Uganda and Venezuela, as well as additional research in Somalia were. DR Congo, Lebanon, Jordan, Burkina Faso and Yemen.
“The devastating economic effects lead many into a hunger, homeless and educational crisis,”
According to the results of the 1,413 people surveyed, 77% of people had lost a job or earned income since March, 70% of people had to cut back on the number of meals for their household since the pandemic broke out, and 73% said it was due to economic difficulties they are less likely to send their children to school.
“The world’s most vulnerable communities are in a dangerous downward spiral. The economic impact of the pandemic, already evicted from their homes by violence, often with limited rights to work or access to government services, is leading to disaster, ”said Jan Egeland, Secretary General of the Council.
The numerous existing crises and challenges, COVID-19-related travel restrictions, the closure of markets and businesses, and the general economic downturn have resulted in populations affected by conflict and displacement have lost jobs and incomes, the council said.
“The recent loss of income, limited access to social security networks, a drop in remittances and increased debt have had a serious negative impact on those affected,” he added.
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