VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
After surviving horror in Syria, living with uncertainty in Lebanon
August 22, 2012 by The IRC
Some 40,000 refugees from the brutal conflict in Syria have fled to neighboring Lebanon. More than half of them are women and girls, many of whom don't know what has happened to their husbands and fathers back home.
The International Rescue Committee's Sanj Srikanthan recently returned from Lebanon, where the IRC is assessing critical needs of Syrian refugee women and girls with a view toward launching targeted aid programs there.
"The stories we’ve heard talking to Syrian women in Lebanon are truly horrific," Sanj says. Many of these women have experienced rape and torture in Syria, but can't find the support they need to heal their physical and emotional scars — let alone provide food and shelter for their families.
"The reality is that there is not enough support for refugees in Lebanon," Sanj warns. "The humanitarian work that is being done simply does not meet the needs of a growing number of refugees."
Read his latest blog post on the IRC-UK website: The plight of Syrian refugees in Lebanon
Syrian Refugee Crisis
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