Number of Syrian Refugees Passes 1,000,000

Young Syrian refugee, West Bekaa Valley Lebanon ©MikeGreenslade/ShelterBox

Young Syrian refugee, West Bekaa Valley Lebanon ©MikeGreenslade/ShelterBox

 

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) announced earlier this week that the number of Syrian refugees seeking shelter and safety in neighbouring countries had passed the 1,000,000 mark. A daunting milestone for the plethora of government and non-government agencies, charities and local groups trying to house, feed and provide medical care for those fleeing their war-torn country.

Shelterbox has been working for several months to bring Shelter, Warmth and Dignity to Syrian refugees in Iraq Kurdistan; Jordan and, most recently Lebanon. Working with a network of 27 local Implementing Partners (IPs), ShelterBox has been the first agency to erect relief tents with the permission of the Lebanese Government.

SRT Gerry de Vries (NL) instructs volunteers and refugees in Job Jannine, Bekaa, Valley, Lebanon

SRT Gerry de Vries (NL) instructs volunteers and refugees in Job Jannine, Bekaa, Valley, Lebanon ©MikeGreenslade/ShelterBox

 

Abo Ahmed and his family are from the Moaadamia district of Damascus. They fled Syria 7 months ago and sought refuge in the town of Job Jannine in the Bekaa Valley. Their home has been completely destroyed. At first they shared a single room with Ahmed’s cousin and his family, 20 people sleeping in the one room. A second room was cobbled together from borrowed building materials, concrete blocks, stacked onto of each other with no mortar. It was cold and leaked when it rained. Working through a local charity, ShelterBox was able to provide Ahmed and his family with a winterised tent, thermal blankets and other essential items.

 

 Ahmed Taha Nakhle  and his family are from the Moaadamia district of Damascus. They fled Syria 7 months ago and sought refuge in the town of Job Jannine in the Bekaa Valley. Their home has been completely destroyed. At first they shared a single room with Ahmed's cousin and his family, 20 people sleeping in the one room (pictured) until a second room was cobbled together from borrowed building materials, concrete blocks, stacked onto of each other with no mortar. Both Ahmed's wife and his cousin's are pregnant and he is thrilled with his new tent, "Shukran, shukran, shukran (thank you) from my heart". There are 5,000 refugees in job Janine alone.

Ahmed and his family with their new ShelterBox tent ©MikeGreenslade/ShelterBox

Both Ahmed’s wife and that of his cousin are pregnant and he is thrilled with his new tent, “Shukran, shukran, shukran (thank you) from my heart”.

There are reported to be 5,000 refugees in Job Janine alone.

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One comment

  1. MikeGreenslade · March 9, 2013

    Reblogged this on MikeGreenslade's Blog and commented:

    This is an important issue. I’m currently in Lebanon with ShelterBox …… please share with your friends and donate if you can. Thanks, Mike

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