Survey of refugees tells of children missing education and adults fearing they may never work again – or be able to pay back money they owe
A new survey of more than 1500 people has given one of the clearest pictures yet of the harsh economic struggle facing refugees who have fled from Syria to Lebanon.
According to the new research, commissioned by Oxfam and conducted by the Beirut Research and Innovation Center (BRIC) last month, families are spiraling deeper and deeper into debt,...
by Mohamad Ali-Nayel, Bassem Chit*
A Syrian refugee, when asked how Lebanon was treating him, lamented and said:
“How is it treating me? It isn't treating me, it treats my money. Because of the nature of my job (veterinarian) I'm dealing with middle upper class Lebanese who only make their judgments based on money. They see that I'm here spending, and they see that I too come from the middle classes so they don't show as much bigotry as it is normally the sentiment against us (Syrians) in...
في أيار 2012 غادرت بنين قطايا ذات الأربع وعشرين ربيعاً، وهي امرأة شيعية اعتنقت المسيحية، منزل ذويها في إحدى قرى بعلبك. بعد يومين، اختطف القس الماروني وليد غريوس الذي يُعتَقد بأنه من عمّد بنين. وبعد المفاوضات بين الشيخ محمد يزبك رئيس مجلس الشورى في حزب الله وأسقف دير الأحمر سمعان عطالله، أُعيد غريوس في نفس اليوم من قبل خاطفيه إلى الشيخ يزبك، كما وُضعت بنين تحت حمايته إلى أن تمت إعادتها إلى ذويها الذين تعهدوا بعدم إجبارها على اعتناق الإسلام مرة أخرى. خلال هذا الحادث، اكتف ممثلوا الدولة...
Roundtable Discussion Series
LCPS discussion group recommends six immediate actions on the Syrian refugees:
The government must lead the initiative by coordinating not only with international donors but also with municipalities, municipal unions, and NGOs.
Establish a crisis management unit with technical capacities at the municipal union level.
Align humanitarian aid with small-scale development effort based on local conditions.
Set up a development fund using the revenues collected by...
The LCPS, CLS, and KAS discussion group recommends that the government takes the following six actions to provide better access to education for Syrian refugees:
Create an extensive database for Syrian refugees of school-going age
Train extra teachers and assign them across the country based on demand
Develop a strategy with clear objectives that takes into account equal treatment of Lebanese and Syrian students
Encourage schools to have double shifts