Where Is Lebanon?
You’ve probably heard of Lebanon before, whether in school or in the news. But, you may still be unsure where Lebanon actually is. Lebanon is a Middle Eastern country with over 6 million people that is located on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean Sea. Lebanon’s southern border is shared with Israel, while Syria borders Lebanon to the east and north, and the western edge of the country is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea.
The capital of Lebanon is Beirut, which is home to over 2 million people and sits on a peninsula at the midpoint of the country’s Mediterranean coast. Lebanon is a primarily Arab country and shares many characteristics of other Arab nations, but there are also many properties that differentiate Lebanon from other countries in the region, such as its mountainous terrain, unique food, and its diverse religious and ethnic groups.
Throughout Lebanon’s history, it has been a refuge for persecuted religious and political groups. While Lebanon is primarily Muslim, there are many different religious factions within the Lebanese population, like Maronite, Greek Orthodox, Druze, Greek Catholic, and more. Lebanon is also home to many ethnic groups, the largest being Lebanese Arabs, followed by Palestinian Arabs, Armenians, Kurds, and more, with a recent increase in Syrians.
The increased number of Syrians in Lebanon is due to the Syrian civil war that started in 2011, which has caused millions of Syrian refugees to flee to Jordan and Lebanon over the last decade. Many of these refugees then had children, many of whom are in need of medical care or humanitarian aid. In response to the current refugee crisis in Lebanon and Jordan, 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!