Friday, April 04, 2014

Syrians in Lebanon

Once upon a time, the title of this post would have referred to Syria's economic, political, and military domination of its smaller neighbor.  Amidst today's civil war, however, it refers to the fact that Syrian refugees now make up 25% of the residents of Lebanon:
More than a million people fleeing Syria’s war have registered as refugees in Lebanon, the UN said on Thursday.
The number is swelling by the day, with the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) saying it registers 2,500 new refugees in Lebanon every day — more than one a minute...
The UNHCR says that Syrian refugees, half of them children, now equal a quarter of Lebanon’s resident population, warning that most of them live in poverty and depend on aid for survival...
The humanitarian appeal for Lebanon “is only 14 per cent funded”, even as the needs of a rapidly growing refugee population become ever more pressing, Ms Kelly said.
10% or more of Syria's population is currently a refugee outside the country, while millions more are displaced internally.

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