Amos meets Syrian refugees in Lebanon; expresses gratitude to Lebanese governmentListen /
UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos was in Lebanon Wednesday to get a first hand look at situation of refugees from Syria and to thank the government of Lebanon for all it's doing for the refugees.
Later, Ms. Amos told reporters that she also had the opportunity to speak to a number of the refugees themselves.
"… and the stories they gave and described in terms of their experiences are extremely traumatic, including one woman whose husband was tortured and died and who saw her mother torched in her home. We are very grateful to the government for the work they are doing in partnership with the UN refugee agency, other United Nations partners and also NGO partners. I had an opportunity to discuss with the members of the government the challenges the government faces, particularly with respect to health and education in terms of hosting so many refugees and the need for the international community to support Lebanon particularly with funding to support the government's plan."
Ms. Amos assured Lebanon of continued United Nations support noting that the Organization will also be a strong advocate for Lebanon with other members of the international community.
The UN refugee agency (UNHCR), says there are more than 100,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Donn Bobb, United Nations