War has turned Syria into 'country of poor people': report

People push a pushchair and a trolley loaded with their belongings on May 12, 2014 in a destroyed neighbourhood of the Old City of HomsThree years of civil war in Syria have had a disastrous effect on the economy, plunging half the population into poverty, a Syrian research centre said in a report released Thursday. “Squandering Humanity” was produced by the Damascus-based Syrian Centre for Policy Research in conjunction with the UN Development Programme and the UN Palestinian refugee agency. It says the conflict is creating “economies of violence that flout human rights, civil liberties, poverty rights and the rule of law.” In the end, “Syria has become a country of poor people afflicted by a ruinous decent into poverty,” the report says.

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