Health and environmental tolls of protracted conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The effects of conflict on public health and ecosystem well-being are understudied and rarely figure in public debates about war-making. Protracted conflicts are particularly damaging to people and environments in ways that are inadequately documented. In recent wars in the Middle East and North Africa, parties to the conflicts have induced hunger and displacement and undermined public health through the use of violence and economic policies that deprive civilians of access to food, water, fuel, and livelihoods. Environmental pollution is widespread, particularly in cities that became war zones, while the COVID-19 pandemic has deepened conflict-induced poverty and food insecurity.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Sowers, J; Weinthal, E

Published Date

  • December 1, 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 120 / 830

Start / End Page

  • 339 - 345

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1944-785X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0011-3530

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1525/curh.2021.120.830.339

Citation Source

  • Scopus