Amos calls for more support for refugees and host communities in LebanonListen /
The top UN humanitarian official on Tuesday called for more support to help the increasing number of refugees and local host communities affected by the crisis in Syria.
UN Humanitarian Coordinator Valerie Amos said that since her "last visit to Lebanon just six months ago, the number of refugees has increased by more than 200 per cent", adding that "By the end of the year, refugees could make up 20 per cent of Lebanon's population".
Since the start of the conflict in 2011, over 1.7 million people have fled Syria to neighbouring countries and Lebanon has received the largest number of refugees in the region, currently hosting more than half a million refugees from Syria, a number that could reach 1 million by the end of the year if the situation does not improve.
The revised Syria Refugee Response Plan for Lebanon seeks $1.7 billion to help refugees as well as the local communities hosting them. However, humanitarian organizations and the Government have only received 15 per cent of the funding needed so far.
Ms. Amos said "The Government and people of Lebanon have opened their borders and doors to their Syrian neighbours in time of need", noting that "the crisis is taking a toll on the economy and on the provision of basic services, such as health and education, in the country".
Donn Bobb, United Nations.