The arrival of a swathe of Syrian refugees has prompted a huge media and public response. Whether it’s the coverage of open armed villagers, to closed borders, self concern or generous compassion, it’s been all over our televisions and news feeds in the last few weeks.
For over a year now, Children on the Edge has been supporting work with Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Lebanon hasn’t had the kind of media spotlight that Europe has currently, but the problem is much worse. Despite the focus of the world on the crisis in Europe, these countries still contain less than 2% of the 12 million displaced Syrian population, around 0.25 million. Contrast this with the well over a million refugees in Lebanon, just a one small country, then you can start to imagine the problem.
Only one third of the necessary funding has been received by the UN for all border camps around Syria, meaning that in recent months food and other rations for the refugees have been severely cut.
If you feel stirred to help with the refugee crisis, then please do consider the following:
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