Syria Crisis: “We never thought we would leave in such conditions”
Syrian refugees in Tripoli, in the North of Lebanon, live in old, crowded and run-down apartments. CARE supports them with access to clean water and sanitary facilities
The ongoing Syrian Crisis has disrupted the lives of millions of people within Syria and its neighboring countries. Lebanon, a tiny country with a population of only 4 million, is currently hosting the largest number of Syrian refugees. More than 1,120,000 million have registered with the United Nations. According to estimates the number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has already reached a staggering 1.5 million. In addition, more than 53,000 Palestinian-Syrians and 17,000 Lebanese returnees have fled to the country. As the refugee population continues to increase the crisis has a tremendous impact on public recourses in the country.
CARE started its emergency response to the Syrian crisis in Lebanon in April 2013 in order to meet refugees’ and vulnerable host communities most basic and pressing needs, mainly providing water, sanitation, hygiene, non food items and cash assistance in Beirut, Mount Lebanon and Northern Governorates. CARE has been providing newly arrived refugees with relief items such as kitchen sets and water containers and supported families with mattrasses and blankets during the cold winter. Also, CARE is distributing sanitary items, providing hygiene promotion sessions as well as implementing several water and sanitation projects at both municipal and household levels. So far, CARE has supported over 38,000 individuals in Lebanon.
When refugees are registered with the UN, they need to renew their registration once their current certificate expires after one year. Yesterday, Roaa went with her parents to the UN office to renew their registration. There, Roaa took part in an activity for children and got her face painted as a blue cat. "Roaa was so thrilled by the face paint that she did not want to wash it off her face before going to bed yesterday", says her mother Samar. (Photo: CARE/Racha El Daoi)
In the second picture, Loaay, is dressed to go to work. He stopped going to school a while back, although his parents would like him to continue studying. He decided to work instead so his family can survive. He earns around five US dollars per day. Some of the money he also uses for himself. His parents said that their life in Syria used to be great and beautiful. They had their own house and never had to worry about anything. Here in Lebanon everything is expensive and the living conditions for Syrian refugees are harsh. (Photo: CARE/Racha El Daoi)