UN: Syrians being hit by 'another tsunami of suffering', says special envoy Pedersen

United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen said in a virtual briefing with the UN Security Council on Thursday that the economic collapse is causing 'another tsunami of suffering' in the country. Pedersen warned that Syrians were enduring «rampant inflation, rising unemployment, weakened demand, more businesses shutting down, increased food insecurity with families skipping meals, and shortages of medicine.» He added that the rise in reported cases of COVID-19 exacerbates Syria’s economic crisis and further constrains the humanitarian response. The Special Envoy also appealed for the Syrian governments and all the parties involved in the ongoing war to «carry out unilateral releases of detainees and abductees, and meaningful actions on missing persons at a scale that is commensurate with the scope of this tragic issue.» «Without addressing this issue,» Pedersen said, «true reconciliation, the healing of society’s wounds, credible justice and sustainable peace will remain elusive.» Mandatory credit: UN TV

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