2 billion people live in poverty: Report

Baku, August 20, AZERTAC

Two billion people are living in poverty while 753 million others experience extreme poverty and are struggling to survive, according to the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2018, Anadolu Agency reports.

The situation of helpless people suffering from famine, drought, clashes and natural disasters has come up as the World Humanitarian Day, marked each year on Aug. 19, approaches.

The World Humanitarian Day is held every year on Aug. 19 to support people getting affected by crises around the world.

According to the Global Humanitarian Assistance Report 2018, at least 201 million people in 134 countries were in need of humanitarian assistance to survive in 2017.

The report said 20.7 million people in Yemen were in need, followed by civil war-hit Syria, where 13.7 million people needed assistance. Hosting 3.5 million Syrians, Turkey came third in the list with 12.8 million people, who were in need of humanitarian assistance.

Also, Ethiopia, Iraq, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Afghanistan, Somalia, Kenya, Haiti, Malawi, Colombia, Sudan, Chad, Zimbabwe, Mali, Ukraine, Cameroon, Lebanon, Pakistan, Burundi, Jordan, Central African Republic, Uganda, Niger, Palestine, Mozambique, Madagascar, Libya, Angola, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Myanmar were mentioned in the list.

Ethiopia, Niger, Pakistan, Somali, South Sudan and Sudan faced three types of crisis at the same time such as conflicts, natural disasters and forced displacements.

Two billion people get less than $3.2 per day. Meanwhile, extremely poor people, whose figure was 753 million, have less than $1.9 daily.

The report also mentioned the figure of forcibly displaced people across the world increased by 2.9 million in 2017 compared to the figure of the previous year, as the total number reached 68.5 million.

The report said 60 percent of all the assistances went to 10 countries in 2017, 14 percent of which was sent to Syria, which was the largest recipient; Yemen received eight percent.

Syria was the largest humanitarian aid recipient for the fifth consecutive year.

Greece and Turkey were among the 10 largest recipients of humanitarian assistance for the first time because of irregular migrants.

Turkey has been the main route for irregular migrants trying to cross into Europe, especially since 2011 when the Syrian civil war began.

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