August 26, 2013
The third of a six-part daily series by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of NRC, on the reality for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Reposted from http://marhabablog.nrc.no/.
I have arrived in Lebanon where NRC has been active since 2006. This country is currently host to over 700,000 registered Syrian refugees, several hundred thousand other Syrians who also have left the country and over 92,000 Palestinian refugees from Syria. One in five people in Lebanon today is a Syrian refugee and yet this country has maintained a relatively open border for most refugees since the beginning of the conflict.
I began my day at an NRC community centre in the Bekaa valley. The community centres are at the heart of NRC’s protection work in Lebanon, a place where refugees can find information to help them navigate services, registration and other resources in Lebanon. […]