Syrian refugees make up a quarter of Lebanon's population, the country's fragile systems are stretched and tensions are rising. Charities and NGOs are battling to get 70,000 children into schools, and families living in flimsy tents face another harsh challenge – the winter snows are only weeks away

UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- The United Nations announced Friday its voucher program will help more than 800,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon meet their food needs.

Lebanon's President Michel Suleiman said Friday that the international community was not sufficiently sharing the burden of displaced Syrians with Lebanon.

According to a statement by his media office, Suleiman told the ambassadors of major powers and the UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon Derek Plumbly that the Syrian refugees have put a severe strain on Lebanon's economy and "the participation of countries in sharing this burden is not sufficient", Xinhua reported.

Every day hundreds of refugees arrive at the gates of the High Commissioner for Refugees of the United Nations in Beirut.

While the conflict is confined to their country, the Syrians keep coming to Lebanon to seek refuge. Officially, they are already more than 760,000 who have to be registered or in the process of being registered with UNHCR.

Wednesday, 23 October 2013 08:10

Lebanon seeks help to cope with Syrian influx

Lebanon's President Michel Sleiman has appealed for more assistance to deal with the high number of Syrian refugees living in the country, saying the international community's efforts to date have been insufficient.

"The financial contribution is not enough, and the participation in sharing the number of refugees is not enough," Sleiman said, after meeting representatives from several countries and international organisations, including the Arab League and the European Union.

Lebanese President Michel Suleiman has voiced concern over the condition in his country due to the inflow of at least a million Syrian refugees.

On Tuesday, Suleiman lamented the crisis in Lebanon in his address to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly in New York, saying the number of refugees have reached around a fourth of Lebanon's population of 4.5 million.

Syrians who have been forced to leave their homes due to an ongoing crisis in the country continue to suffer at home and abroad, Press TV reports.

In Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley, falling temperature is creating more hardships for Syrian refugees, a Press TV correspondent reported on Tuesday.

Most of the refugees live in overcrowded houses, while others have set up makeshift tents constructed from items of debris such as dismantled billboards.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:42

Cash-strapped Syrians struggle in Lebanon

Cash-strapped Syrians struggle in Lebanon
 
Skyrocketing rent in Beirut has forced Syrian refugees into alternative shelters.

Sophie Cousins Last Modified: 13 Sep 2013

Beirut, Lebanon - Unable to pay rent for his family, Syrian refugee Shabkaji Abdelrahma sent his children to work in Beirut when they arrived.

That was until his eight-year-old son was raped on the streets.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013 09:36

Lebanon Requires Immediate Attention

Lebanon Requires Immediate Attention
 
Our concern for what is happening to Syria and Syrians, cannot and must not drown out our concern for Lebanon and its people. If we continue to ignore Lebanon, in short order, that country might collapse under the weight of the pressures, stresses James Zogby.
 
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