UN / LEBANON REFUGEES POVERTY

23-Dec-2015 00:01:09
Some 70 per cent of the over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon now live below the Lebanese extreme poverty line, a big rise over 2014, and food insecurity is mounting, the United Nations reported today, calling for greater access to the domestic labour market to mitigate the crisis. UNIFEED-UNTV
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STORY: UN / LEBANON REFUGEES POVERTY
TRT: 01:10
SOURCE: UNIFEED-UNTV
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: 23 DECEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY
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RECENT – NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior United Nations headquarters

23 DECEMBER 2015, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq at the podium
3. Med shot, photographers
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General:
“The food security situation of Syrian refugees in Lebanon significantly worsened since 2014, according to an assessment of the refugees’ vulnerability carried out by the World Food Programme, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the UN Children’s Fund. An estimated 70 per cent of refugees in Lebanon are now living below the Lebanese extreme poverty line of 3.84 dollars per day.”
5. Med shot, press
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Farhan Haq, Deputy Spokesman for the Secretary-General:
“Out of the more than 1.1 million Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR by June 2015, more than 760,000 were estimated to be mildly food insecure, more than 270,000 were moderately food insecure and nearly 6,000 were severely food insecure. The number of meals eaten each day by children and adults fell compared to 2014. In one in three households, members consumed just one or no cooked meals the previous day – up from one in four households just a year ago.”
7. Wide shot, press
STORYLINE
Some 70 per cent of the over 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon now live below the Lebanese extreme poverty line, a big rise over 2014, and food insecurity is mounting, the United Nations reported today (23 Dec), calling for greater access to the domestic labour market to mitigate the crisis.

Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq, told reporters at UN Headquarters that according to an assessment of the refugees’ vulnerability carried out by the World Food Programme (WFP), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), “an estimated 70 per cent of refugees in Lebanon are now living below the Lebanese extreme poverty line of 3.84 dollars per day.”

Noting that Syrian refugees now represent 25 per cent of Lebanon’s total population, the world’s highest number per inhabitant, the report underscored that restrictions on their access to the labour market imposed at the end of 2014 has reduced their livelihood opportunities and made it even harder for them to cover their basic needs autonomously.

Food security has significantly worsened since 2014, with moderate insecurity almost doubling from 12 per cent to 23 per cent of refugee households, and 65 per cent classified as mildly food insecure. Out of 1,174,690 Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR in June 2015, 763,549 were estimated to be mildly food insecure, 272,528 moderately food insecure and 5,873 severely food insecure. Just 129,216 were considered food secure.

Dependency on food vouchers and loans as the primary livelihood source has also grown. The gap between monthly expenditures and income was estimated at $300 which households have to cover mainly by taking on debt.

Consumption of nutritious and healthy foods such as vitamin A rich fruit and vegetables fell and was replaced by higher consumption of fats and sugar. Infant and young child feeding practices continued to be inadequate for almost all children between 6 and 17 months old.

The report called for scaling up programmes to increase the coverage of basic needs including food for large numbers of refugees, particularly through winter.
On education, it noted that just over half of 6-14 year olds attended school and fewer than half who entered primary grade one reached grade six. Only 5 per cent of 15-17 year olds attended secondary school or higher.
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