The Devastating Impact of COVID on Orphans

There is no doubt that the pandemic has created a prominent shift in our lives. With numerous businesses being shut down and many people isolated from their families due to travel restrictions,  COVID-19 has certainly created a time of hardship and uncertainty for everyone. With these widespread austerities, orphans who have been homeless and without a family their whole lives require nourishment now more than ever before. 

Before the pandemic, orphans were already in a severe state of destitution; they were unable to provide for themselves and were always deprived of the love and care that many of us receive from our families. According to United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), an organization that strives to provide global humanitarian aid for children, approximately 153 million children worldwide are orphans, 263 million are out of school, 69 million suffer from malnutrition, and 25% are engaged in child labor. These staggering numbers highlight the state of desperation that many of these children are in, and the pandemic is only leaving orphans more displaced and neglected.

Furthermore, children in malnourished countries such as Syria and Yemen have to fear for their lives every day due to the political corruption and violence that they witness on a daily basis. Children are going hungry while facing some of the largest humanitarian crises in the world, and too many people are giving a blind eye to their plight. The emergence of the pandemic has made this situation even worse for them as many who fall victim to the virus are unable to achieve the healthcare they desperately need. The coronavirus is fostering a whole new pandemic of poverty and hopelessness for these individuals as it significantly exacerbates the current circumstances of these children.

Due to the circumstances of the pandemic, food prices in Syria skyrocketed upwards of 251% in the previous year alone.  To put this exigency for proper food security in perspective, data released by the UN World Food Programme (WFP) shows that nearly 12.4 million Syrians are food insecure, which makes up about 60% of the Syrian population. The price to afford the basic foods to feed a family for a month — such as bread, oil, sugar, and rice — costs around 120,000 Syrian Pounds, which significantly exceeds the average salary of a Syrian worker. This data alone demonstrates the devastating predicament that Syrian families are in, let alone the children who are abandoned with no place to go.

With these uncertain times that we are currently living in, we must remain thankful and aware of everything that we have. For many children around the world, the days that we consider to be hard and weary are days that they would consider to be easy and blissful. If you are looking for ways to give these children hope and remind them that they are not alone, consider sponsoring an orphan through donations today.

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