Lebanon has been supporting over a MILLION REFUGEES from Syria. It’s time for the international community to UP ITS SUPPORT to Lebanon.
Lebanon stands at a critical point as we mark the 4th anniversary of the Syria Crisis. A nation of only 4.4 million people, Lebanon has done more than any other country to support refugees from the war in Syria, taking in 1.2 million Syrians and Palestine Refugees from Syria.
The international community must urgently increase its support to Lebanon through humanitarian and development funding, resettlement of refugees from Syria, and redoubled efforts to find a political solution to the Syrian conflict. Supporting Lebanon now can make the critical difference both for the millions of people in need in Lebanon and for ensuring that Lebanon’s stability is maintained.
Lebanon hosts the largest per capita refugee population in the world.
Lebanese infrastructure and public services are under extraordinary strain.
Poor and vulnerable communities in Lebanon are paying the price.
Refugees are at the end of their ability to cope, with conditions rapidly deteriorating.
With 27% more people than expected, population density is now a staggering 553 people per square kilometer! In the UK it is 265.
The approximate population in the UK today is:
an equivalent of 17,029,368 more people - a total of:
This would be roughly the equivalent of the UK taking in the Netherlands!
The approximate population in Germany today is:
an equivalent of 21,419,666 more people - a total of:
This would be roughly the equivalent of Germany taking in Greece and Sweden!
The approximate population in France today is:
an equivalent of 17,542,500 more people - a total of:
This would be roughly the equivalent of France taking in Austria and Switzerland!
The approximate population in the USA today is:
an equivalent of 83,989,381 more people - a total of:
This would be roughly the equivalent of the USA taking in Canada TWICE, with room leftover for Cuba.
Number of people living in Lebanon in 2014
Help raise awareness by sharing stories from Lebanese, Syrians, and Palestinians affected by the crisis in Lebanon.
Nadien’s Story, North Bekaa
“Everyone here was suffering; trying to keep their roofs above them. The wind was merciless. We were exhausted, wet and of course freezing. Everything was wet... all the clothes and bedding… and we are still at the beginning of the winter so I really don’t know how we will survive,” Nadien, Syrian refugee and mother of five describes winter in the Bekaa valley.
The crisis is affecting both Syrian and Lebanese families. Ali, a Syrian father, says “look at us now: we have nothing…we have to rely on assistance…I never thought I’d be in this situation, but what other options do I have?” In the same area of Lebanon, Hayat, a Lebanese mother says, “We are not feeling safe” and hopes refugees will be able to return to their hometowns.
Rana and her daughters Layal and Sara are Palestine Refugees who fled Yarmouk Camp in Syria and refuse to give up on their dreams: they have formed a music band called Al Yarmouk Band, and have performed in many venues across Beirut and at Al Soumoud Association in the Palestinian Al Baddawi Camp in north Lebanon. They also teach music for children.
Syrian refugee children face a childhood interrupted by the civil war that began in spring 2011. At a settlement near the village of Kouachra in Akkar District, some use cardboard boxes, scraps of wood and stacked construction supplies as their playground. International NGOs have opened schools to allow as many as possible the chance to return to their studies.
Shawi el Hattab’s Story, Akkar
The fighting in Syria has impacted the lives of poor Lebanese farmers living near the border, like Shawi. Cross-border shelling means they cannot access farmland, and rising insecurity makes it more difficult to access markets. In light of these challenges, a new dairy cooperative has been set up in Shawi’s village to help farmers pool their resources and attract higher prices for their milk.
“Thanks to this help, I have a brand new school for the 175 children of Mich-Mich.” Mr. Wajih’s school in rural, under-served Akkar District in north Lebanon, had been in a state of deterioration for years before being rehabilitated with humanitarian funding. The pupils, 172 Lebanese and 3 Syrian, benefit from a program helping families and communities affected by the Syrian crisis.
Hassan was working on a new building when he heard about five Syrian refugee families living in tents nearby. They now live in his building rent-free. He provided a television, and a neighbor donated a washing machine. “We know what it’s like to flee war. Supporting the families now was an easy decision for me and I would do it again. I want to do whatever I can.”