Lebanon needs support to cope with Syria refugee burden

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Syrian refugee in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. (UNHCR video capture)

The international community is being called on once again to help Lebanon share the burden of helping refugees from Syria.

The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) made the appeal on Monday following a recent decision by the Lebanese government to stem the flow of asylum seekers.

Over the past month, UNHCR figures have shown a considerable decrease in the influx of refugees from Syria.

Lebanon is already hosting over a million displaced Syrians.

Dana Sleiman is a Public Information Officer for UNHCR in Lebanon.

"We have witnessed at the border of Lebanon fewer numbers of people coming in, considerably fewer numbers which has indeed affected our registration figures and we continue to monitor the border. The Government has expressed its commitment to look at humanitarian exceptions. So people who desperately need to seek asylum in Lebanon will be considered by the Government they said. And we are very much committed to working with the Government on determining this criteria and ensuring that people who cannot do without access to Lebanon because of the ongoing war in Syria will be able to cross into the country."  (39″)

UNHCR's funding appeal of over 1.7 billion dollars for Lebanon is only 38 per cent funded, Ms Sleiman noted.

Jocelyne Sambira, United Nations

Duration:  1’22″

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