Many people in Sri Lanka are going hungry as prices and unemployment soar and essentials are in short supply. The country is experiencing its worst economic crisis since independence from Britain more than 70 years ago. Al Jazeera’s @Minelle Fernandez reports from Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Did you know that 86% of households have cut down their food consumption or skip meals to endure the crisis?
The country is officially in default after failing to make debt interest payments last month. Its dwindling foreign currency has crippled the economy, disrupted imports and led to shortages of food, fuel and other essentials.
Large pots filled with boiled vegetables and steaming rice are a common sight in some areas in and around Colombo. These are the community kitchens providing some kind of nourishing meal to the needy as the country’s economic woes worsen.
“Once we had an uncle who told us that it was his second plate of rice after four months. Another one said he had a piece of chicken after three months,”
Following months of food, fuel, and electricity shortages in Sri Lanka, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe announced last week to Parliament that Sri Lanka had become a completely “collapsed” economy and is now facing the threat of hitting “rock bottom”.
Due to the situation, many Sri Lankans can no longer afford even one meal a day. Between 600 and 700 people show up at the community kitchen run by Rev Geeth Chamara De Silva.
The smell hits you first – freshly cooked rice, lentils and spinach, served in ladles from steaming pots.
Dozens of families – including mothers with babies – are lined up with plates to get a serving of what will likely be their only meal for the day.
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