World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 by the UN every year and is dedicated to raising awareness of the situation of refugees throughout the world. Lebanon is officially the country with the highest per capita concentration of refugees in the world with 257 refugees per 1,000 inhabitants, and the situation for refugees, mainly Syrian refugees, in our country is only getting worse.
The government is still not allowing the UN to set up formal camps and the situation in several camps is quickly deteriorating due to the lack of food, hygiene, water and electricity among others. Here are few numbers related to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon that were released earlier this year by Ipsos:
– More than 40% of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon come from Aleppo and Homs.
– 45% of Syrians are below the age of 15.
– 54% within schooling age don’t go to school.
– 20% of households earn no income.
– 24% of Syrian households have at least one patient with a chronic disease.
The majority of refugees is relying on aid as there are no employment opportunities and extremely low wages. The lack of access to education for almost half the Syrian children is a tragedy and will affect all of us. As I’ve already said it on several occasions, the authorities need to manage properly the Syrian refugees crisis for our own sake, because things are getting out of hands and the poor Lebanese population is suffering even more now and being neglected.
Do you have a report on the number of newborns from Syrian refugees in Lebanon?
They are probably multiplying like rabbits…
I don’t understand where they can find the time or rationale to have babies in squalor…Unless they are rabbits themselves! I don’t want to dehumanize them as what’s happening to them is ghastly. However; in most estimates every second a baby is borne to a Syrian refugee in Lebanon.
Based on UN estimates there were 36,000 births in Lebanon as of a year back. I could just assume it has surpassed 50,000 by now. That means the refugee population is increasing by at least 5% per year on births alone! (off course there might be some deaths…)
Sorry Najib, but how on hell are you supposed to take care of the needs of these. If their so called parents are certifiable idiots to bring kids into misery; then WTF!
Every parent goes to painstaking planning before they bring a child to this world…and we have these refugees giving birth indiscriminately! Families of 8 or 10…who the hell is supposed to feed them?