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The Cost-of-Living Crisis: The Human Impact

by Hugo Greenhalgh | @hugo_greenhalgh | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Monday, 1 August 2022 08:00 GMT

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The cost-of-living crisis has become a global issue: food prices and energy bills are skyrocketing around the world. But what is the human impact?

People around the world are facing increasing pressures on their day-to-day lives. Food, energy bills and living costs are rocketing as inflation reaches record levels due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and rising global instability.

The Thomson Reuters Foundation has spoken to people living in 18 countries around the world in an attempt to gauge the human impact of the crisis.

From Zimbabwe to Kenya, from Turkey to India, how are lower-income families, smaller businesses and average working people coping with the rising cost of petrol and a spike in food prices?

Explore our interactive map to compare and contrast different stories on the ground from our three-part series on The Inflation Diaries, or click on the country profiles below.

Part one

Bangladesh: Inflation-hit Bangladeshis swap eggs for pulses and ration cards 

India: Indian workers curb spending after months of rising prices 

Haiti: Haitians choose between school fees or food as costs rise 

Kenya: Firewood and no meat: Kenya's cost-of-living crisis bites 

United Kingdom: Burdened with debts, low-income Britons feel pinch as bills surge 

South Africa: South Africans fear rising crime as food costs spike 

Part two

Brazil: Brazilian small businesses struggle to survive as food prices rise

Tunisia: Tunisians struggle to buy basics as prices rise, economy crumbles

Zimbabwe: Inflation-weary Zimbabweans forced to find sidelines to survive

Spain: Rising costs leave Spaniards feeling isolated and anxious

Poland: Interest rate hikes add to Polish families' inflation pains

Turkey: Turkish households despair as inflation nears 80%

Part three

Mexico: Mexico's informal workers hit hard as high prices fuel poverty

Lebanon: Lebanese struggle to put food on the table as inflation tops 200%

Germany: In Germany, many struggle as Russian gas squeeze drives up prices

Venezuela: Venezuelans exit hyperinflation but see few reasons to celebrate

France: In France, families turn to charity food boxes as inflation bites

Australia: Soaring energy and rent prices leave Australians with little left

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