The Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

The Refugee Crisis in Lebanon

 

Lebanon is a Middle Eastern country on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. The country has over 6 million inhabitants and shares a southern border with Israel, as well as an eastern and northern border with Syria. Currently, there is an ongoing refugee crisis in the country that is a direct result of the Syrian civil war, which started in 2011.

For the last decade, Syria’s civil war has raged between the Syrian Arab Republic and various domestic and foreign forces that oppose the Republic. The fighting has led to death and destruction, causing many Syrians to flee the country in search of safety. Many of these Syrian refugees have ended up in neighboring Lebanon.

While life for a refugee is often already difficult—needing to find food, shelter, and other necessities—the situation in Lebanon has been even more arduous for Syrian refugees, especially children. On top of this, Lebanon is also dealing with its own issues, like a financial and economic collapse, the blast in the Port of Beirut in 2020, and the COVID-19 pandemic. Both food prices and the poverty rate have skyrocketed in Lebanon, leaving vulnerable groups, like refugees, in a near-impossible situation. Some Lebanese and Syrian refugees are even escaping the situation already by fleeing to neighboring Cyprus.

Millions of Syrian refugees have fled their home country over the last decade because of the civil war, with many of them settling in Lebanon. Many of these refugees then had children and many of them are in need of medical care or humanitarian aid. The need for assistance has never been more urgent as the situation continues to deteriorate in Lebanon. In response to the current refugee crisis in Lebanon, the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund (PCRF) has created the Syrian Children’s Relief Project to ensure that these kids get the basic medical care or other aid needed to live better lives.

PCRF is not a political or religious organization. Our mission is to provide medical and humanitarian relief collectively and individually to Arab children throughout the Middle East, regardless of their nationality, politics, or religion. We rely on charitable giving to provide medical treatment, surgeries, safety, shelter, and support to children and their families suffering from this crisis. Find out how you can get involved and help make a difference in children’s lives today!