Harsh conditions for Syria refugees in icy Lebanon

syrian refugee camp lebanonThe harsh conditions faced by Syrian refugees have been highlighted with the first winter snowfalls in the Bekaa valley of northern Lebanon, where tens of thousands of Syrians are sheltering in tents.

A total of 838,000 Syrians have fled to Lebanon, living either in tented camps, unused buildings or with friends and family.

The bitterly cold weather has also halted a UN airlift of food and other humanitarian supplies from Iraq to Kurdish areas inside north-eastern Syria.

Twelve planeloads of supplies are due to be flown in, ahead of what the UN fears will be the region’s harshest winter in a century.

EU failing Syria refugees

In another development human rights group Amnesty says European leaders should be ashamed by the paltry numbers of refugees from Syria they are prepared to resettle, .

Only 10 member states have offered to take in refugees and even then only 12,000, it complains. The UK and Italy have offered no places at all, it adds.

The bloc says its priority is providing help to Syria’s internally displaced people, now thought to number 6.5 million, and those hosted in other countries.

The UN estimates almost 2.3 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries since March 2011.

Most Syrians who have fled their country have travelled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. But some 6,000 this year have reached EU member state Bulgaria, which has appealed for financial help from Brussels in responding to the influx.

BBC

  • 5thDrawer

    As I said … it will only get worse. Mother Nature is the ‘enemy’ that never relents … and some can use her to their own advantage committing a genocide, but most don’t give a second thought to it when she’s being nice. The earth moves us all, and some only think of looking to the heavens for other than clouds… a reality lost.

    • Mother nature is awsome! war mongers are not!!! it is 2013 we have enough technology and resources to feed the world keep it sheltered and warm. the breakdown is that no matter how horrid and despicable war and violence is fat heads in remote safe posh places dont give a crap about the story we are reading and never seem capable of visualizing that the casualty of of the 2 children is no difference than losing 2 of their own.

  • 5thDrawer

    As I said … it will only get worse. Mother Nature is the ‘enemy’ that never relents … and some can use her to their own advantage committing a genocide, but most don’t give a second thought to it when she’s being nice. The earth moves us all, and some only think of looking to the heavens for other than clouds… a reality lost.

    • Mother nature is awsome! war mongers are not!!! it is 2013 we have enough technology and resources to feed the world keep it sheltered and warm. the breakdown is that no matter how horrid and despicable war and violence is fat heads in remote safe posh places dont give a crap about the story we are reading and never seem capable of visualizing that the casualty of of the 2 children is no difference than losing 2 of their own.

  • Fauzia45

    These refugees need sympathy ,help,,,,it s heartbreaking to see and watch especially the children talking about their suffering and misery!!!It is tragic to see children who freeze to death!!!Indeed the whole world should be ashamed not only ^European leaders^!!!

    • 5thDrawer

      True Fauzia … but … As we find with ‘friends’ in trouble in Lebanon, as in other countries, it often takes more than one ‘working’ somewhere, to help only one who is not – let alone a family in dire situations. Shame falls first on those who created this situation.
      The freezing in unheated accommodations is just a final hit on a list of impoverishment problems – malnutrition over time, lack of drinkable water, various diseases – not the least of which is a common cold, lack of vaccines and/or good medical care (including teeth), general lack of good treatment. In many cases, citizens have it just as hard as refugees when there are no incomes.
      WAR adds to the problems of ALL … the refugees in some places are doing better, even if their minds are in turmoil over the losses they have suffered. The bad weather adds to the misery of all who live on the line, and tips some over the edge when there is not any ‘reserve’ left in a body.
      But you can see why this becomes overwhelming – even if the money promised to UN Relief had actually come in to the programmes, there is now also a huge ‘logistics’ problem of simply getting ‘relief’ to them – whether inside Syria or not.
      Think if a family landed on your doorstep … and you wanted to help … you might be able to feed them for a week … but the next week? And the next? Can you buy a ‘winter-tent’ and a heat supply and the food and medical needs for them all – just to keep your own ‘space’ for yourself?
      It is now at least one country that needs all that … and it is surrounded by countries where people need the same things. And you wish Europeans to add their ‘share’ … when there are many countries and people in need. It is a happy thought … and many DO give.
      Why Christmas happens at the hardest time of year is also not true everywhere … but it makes all those ‘feelings’ more poignant for sure.
      Because of the ‘concept’ of following a master’s footsteps ….

      Giving all away is good … until you go down too, in a WAR that destroys everything.

  • Fauzia45

    These refugees need sympathy ,help,,,,it s heartbreaking to see and watch especially the children talking about their suffering and misery!!!It is tragic to see children who freeze to death!!!Indeed the whole world should be ashamed not only ^European leaders^!!!

    • 5thDrawer

      True Fauzia … but … As we find with ‘friends’ in trouble in Lebanon, as in other countries, it often takes more than one ‘working’ somewhere, to help only one who is not – let alone a family in dire situations. Shame falls first on those who created this situation.
      The freezing in unheated accommodations is just a final hit on a list of impoverishment problems – malnutrition over time, lack of drinkable water, various diseases – not the least of which is a common cold, lack of vaccines and/or good medical care (including teeth), general lack of good treatment. In many cases, citizens have it just as hard as refugees when there are no incomes.
      WAR adds to the problems of ALL … the refugees in some places are doing better, even if their minds are in turmoil over the losses they have suffered. The bad weather adds to the misery of all who live on the line, and tips some over the edge when there is not any ‘reserve’ left in a body.
      But you can see why this becomes overwhelming – even if the money promised to UN Relief had actually come in to the programmes, there is now also a huge ‘logistics’ problem of simply getting ‘relief’ to them – whether inside Syria or not.
      Think if a family landed on your doorstep … and you wanted to help … you might be able to feed them for a week … but the next week? And the next? Can you buy a ‘winter-tent’ and a heat supply and the food and medical needs for them all – just to keep your own ‘space’ for yourself?
      It is now at least one country that needs all that … and it is surrounded by countries where people need the same things. And you wish Europeans to add their ‘share’ … when there are many countries and people in need. It is a happy thought … and many DO give.
      Why Christmas happens at the hardest time of year is also not true everywhere … but it makes all those ‘feelings’ more poignant for sure.
      Because of the ‘concept’ of following a master’s footsteps ….