UNHCR says figure of Syrian refugees in Lebanon is alarming. The figure is now around 1million and is stretching the tiny country of Lebanon to the extreme. The official number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon has exceeded one million, in what the UN refugee agency calls a ‘devastating milestone’ for a small country with depleted resources and brewing sectarian tension.
Refugees from Syria, half of them children, now equal a quarter of Lebanon’s resident population, the United Nations High
Commissioner for Refugees said, warning that most of them live
in poverty and depend on aid for survival. Tiny Lebanon has now become the country with the highest per capita concentration
of refugees worldwide and is struggling to keep pace. The influx of a million refugees would be massive in any country. For Lebanon, a small nation beset by internal difficulties, the impact is staggering.
Three years after Syria’s conflict started, Lebanon has been struggling to cope with a massive crisis that has become an
unprecedented challenge for aid agencies .
Syria’s war has killed more than 150,000 people, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, while half of the population is estimated to have fled their homes (Syria: The death toll is alarming! )
Of those who have fled Syria, nearly 600 ,000 have registered as refugees in Jordan and around 670,000 in Turkey.
Syrian beggars have become a frequent sight on the streets of Lebanon’s capital, Beirut.
The UNHCR registers 2,500 new refugees daily in Lebanon Lebanon has experienced serious economic shocks due to the conflict in Syria while security has
deteriorated as a result of rising regional instability .
The influx has put severe strains on Lebanon’s health and education sectors as well as on electricity, water and sanitation
The UNHCR chief has urged the global community to boost its support for Lebanon.
The humanitarian appeal for Lebanon is only 13 percent funded even as the needs of a rapidly growing refugee population become ever more pressing.
The number of school-aged Syrian refugee children is
now even over 400,000, more than the number of Lebanese children in public schools!