Vulnerability of Syrian refugees in Lebanon "skyrocketed" in 2015

A Syrian refugee family in an informal tented settlement in Jdita town Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, where nearly 35 other families have lived for more than three years, after fleeing the war in Aleppo. Photo: WFP/Sandy Maroun

The vulnerability of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has "skyrocketed" over the last year, according to a new report released by a group of UN agencies.

An estimated 70 per cent of Syrian refugees in Lebanon are now living below the country's extreme poverty line. That's up from 49 per cent in 2014, according to the annual Vulnerability Assessment of Syrian Refugees.

The report was launched Wednesday by the World Food Programme, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).

Veronica Reeves spoke with Lisa Abou Khaled from UNHCR's office in Lebanon and asked her to explain some of the reasons for the downward spiral in the situation of Syrian refugees.

Duration: 2'39"

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