Background:

The Lebanon and the challenge of refugee aid

Facts and Figures

by LKO,  2017/11/13

Six years of war in Syria and still no end in sight. Our facts and figures offer an overview over the extend of the refugee crisis in the Lebanon and show how humedica helps.

When in spring 2011 the first violent confrontations broke out, thousands of people took flight to the neighbouring countries Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Due to the following civil war, which extended continuously, also the number of refugees rose to historic levels: more than five million people soughed protection from the war in their home country in the neighbouring states. Another six and a half million Syrians are still on the run within the Syrian borders.

The life of refugees in the Lebanon is especially difficult: With regard to the experiences made with Palestinian refugees, nearly 500.000 of which live in the Lebanon since the Israeli War of Independence in the 1940´s, the Lebanese state prohibits large camps coordinated by the United Nations. As a consequence, a large group of refugees lives in several hundreds so-called „Informal Tented Settlements“.

The small, scattered camps occur in places, where is enough room for some simple accommodations made of wood structures and truck tarpaulins. As the land is often private owned, the refugees have to pay a 115 US Dollar average monthly lease to the land owners. Too much for most of the families, whose members have to struggle along as day labourers or field workers.

Due to the lacking infrastructure in the small settlements, the inhabitants depend on help from outside. Water, food, medical treatment or sanitary facilities – without the support of humanitarian and non-profit organisations the people would merely be able to cope with everyday life.

Since September 2012 humedica provides medical aid in the East of the country near to the Syrian border. Every day, two humedica teams visit another camp with their mobile clinics, where they treat the refugees in one of the emptied tents and train them in basic medical care. We have collected the dates and figures on our intervention as well as on the other challenges of the refugee aid for Syrians in the Lebanon in order to provide an overview for you. Please find the image`s translations under each picture:

Pictures: Christoph Jorda, humedica

This article contains dates and figures of the cross-departmental information portal of the UNHCR.

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