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Sri Lanka crisis threatens food security for millions

Economic woes hit hardest at women and children from poor households

Perumal with her daughters, Anushika, 2, and Sivanathan, 9, at their home in rural Sri Lanka. Perumal's husband is ill and has not been able to work for years, making her the family's sole breadwinner.   © WFP/Arete/Riyal Riffai

COLOMBO -- Sri Lankans are struggling to secure enough food to eat amid the worst economic crisis since the country gained independence in 1948.

Skyrocketing food and fuel prices, shortages of key commodities and a poor harvest have combined to reinforce the impact of political turmoil on millions of people who were already struggling to feed themselves adequately before the crisis set in. Life has been particularly hard for women and children from poor households.

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