More than 30% of families in Lebanon in March had at least one child who skipped a meal or went to bed hungry, according to a new report from UNICEF.
The Lebanon: The Future of Children at Play report, released this week, examined the impact of the Lebanese economic crisis on children.
The report also pointed out that 77% of families in Lebanon said they did not have enough months to buy enough food for their children, and that when it comes to Syrian families in Lebanon, the figure soars. at 99%, according to the report.
Referring to Lebanon’s lack of a comprehensive social protection system, he said “60% had to buy food on credit or borrow money. “
In addition, 40% of children come from families where no family member works for pay, while 30% of them do not receive the basic health care they need, the report adds.
The UNICEF report also called on the Lebanese authorities to extend social protection measures by meeting emergency needs and basic health services to all children in the country.
Lebanon is stuck in forming a new government amid differences between Prime Minister designate Hariri and President Michel Aoun.
Since October 2019, Lebanon has been facing a serious economic crisis and deteriorating living conditions, the worst for the Lebanese people since the five-year civil war that ended in 1990.
A massive explosion last August at the port of Beirut, which left at least 200 Lebanese dead and thousands injured, exacerbated the already fragile situation.