UN claims Syrian refugees reach up to 30% of Lebanon’s population

2015-03-10 06:54:59 | Al Muslim News
UN claims Syrian refugees reach up to 30% of Lebanon’s population


United Nations Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos spoke that Syrian refugees in Lebanon reach upto 30 percent of the Lebanese population. There are nearly 1.2 million registered Syrian refugees due to four years into the bloody conflict in their home country and 540,000 Palestinian already lived in Lebanon. The large number of refugees in the small country has added pressure on the Lebanese government - who time and again has called for international help. However, the burden isn’t just on the Lebanese government but also on the Syrian refugees who suffer hunger, medical emergency, harsh weather conditions and putting their lives at risk. Apart from the four and a half million citizens of Lebanon proper, there is a sizeable Lebanese diaspora. There are more Lebanese people living outside of Lebanon (8.6[4]-12[5] million), than within (4.4 million). The majority of the diaspora population consists of Lebanese Christians; however, there are some who are Muslim. Therefore the large influx of refugees has added strain on the Lebanese economy. United Nations refugees’ camp in Beruit, the people were in despair. Sadness and frustration was evident on their faces as they claimed this isn’t what they had imagined for their children and country. Elders were in tears as they spoke about daily struggle they had to find to food. Syrian refugees in Lebanon usually live in temporary tents with little means of survival. The Lebanon has been struggling to host the great arrival of refugees since the bloody conflict since March 2011. Lebanon already suffered civil war in recent past years and economic condition is not desirable due to political instability and Israeli interference. Lebanon needs international aid to help improve the existing situations of the Syrian refugees..

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