Syrian Refugees in Lebanon surpass one million

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The number of refugees fleeing from Syria into neighbouring Lebanon has surpassed one million today, according to the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).

The agency describes this development as a "tragic milestone", adding that the situation is made worse by rapidly depleting resources and a host community stretched to breaking point.

It says refugees from Syria now equal one-quarter of the resident population, with over 220 Syrian refugees for every 1,000 Lebanese residents.

Joelle Eid is the UNHCR spokesperson in Lebanon.

"UNHCR is working along with 60 other humanitarian agencies in coordination with the Lebanese government to provide dire and needed assistance to the refugees and the host communities who have been very generous throughout the three years of this crisis. However, we face a lot of challenges in terms of shelter. Shelter solutions are over-saturated. In terms of education; we have over 300,000 children out of school today. In terms of healthcare, it is very expensive for refugees to get appropriate healthcare in Lebanon and many other challenges." (32″)

Ms. Eid says funding is badly needed at this point but it's also important that countries share the burden of hosting refugees in Lebanon.

UNHCR points out that Lebanon has become the country with the highest per-capita concentration of refugees worldwide.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations.

Duration:  1’25″

 

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