Digital Desk, Beirut. The United Nations has outlined its Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for Lebanon, which aims to provide essential assistance to 1.1 million citizens among the most vulnerable. According to a report by Xinhua news agency, the ERP includes 119 projects totaling $383 million and the United Nations estimates that about 78 percent (30 million people) of the Lebanese population live below the poverty line, causing the organization to suffer people’s suffering. is inspired to start a series of humanitarian programs to reduce
The scheme focuses on supporting the most vulnerable populations in the areas of education, food security, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection and protection against gender-based violence. “In my recent field visits, I have met children, young and old, Lebanese men and women,” Najat Rochdi, UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon, told a news conference in Beirut. His stories are heartwarming, at times outrageous and shocking.
Lebanon is going through an unprecedented financial crisis, with the local currency depreciating by more than 90 percent, limiting its ability to meet people’s basic needs. The country’s social stability began to deteriorate since the October 2019 uprising, along with the economic impact of COVID-19 and Beirut’s deadly port explosion in August 2020.
In addition, the failure to form an effective government to implement much-needed financial reforms led to the collapse of the Lebanese pound and a 158 percent increase in annual inflation, as well as a 550 percent increase in food inflation, leading to a decline in socioeconomic status. accelerated.