A woman washes the hair of a child in a displacement camp in Syria. (Photo: Picture-alliance/dpa)
A report about the situation of Palestinians of Syria (PRS) in 2020 said PRS’ humanitarian condition has been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and the absence of healthcare services in the war-torn country.
The Action Group of Palestinians of Syria (AGPS) said in its annual report that healthcare institutions in Syria have failed to protect PRS due to the acute shortage in medicines and medical staff.
UNRWA said that 9,000 PRS have contracted coronavirus in 2020.
As the coronavirus pandemic has rebounded around the MENA region and the globe, Palestinian refugees in war-torn Syria continue to struggle with growing poverty and economic hardship.
Hundreds of PRS have lost their jobs in the warfare and hundreds more have been wondering in the streets as they rummage around for livelihoods to feed their starved families.
The crisis in Syria has been one of the gravest and most demanding emergencies faced in the modern era. The vast majority of PRS families are unable to meet their basic needs.
Many PRS lost their sources of income; refugee camps have seen unprecedented levels of destruction; rental prices have dramatically gone up; undernourishment and poverty have been a daily nightmare.
Due to the serious protection gaps, children have been forced to drop out of school and join armed groups to help feed their starving families.
Hundreds of families have had women as their sole breadwinners; and in several other cases boys and girls are spotted begging in the street for a few pounds.