In addition to giving Syrian refugees in Lebanon the Bread of Life, Brother Mohammad Yamout is helping with some of their health issues with the support of a Korean medical team. I received this below, from Yamout:
“Great Ministry last Wednesday with my Korean Friends in the Syrian Bedouin Camp…
A doctor, a nurse and a brother I love dearly…”
What does the United Nations say?:
BEIRUT, LEBANON —
The United Nations says it has registered about 400,000 Syrians as refugees in Lebanon, but the Beirut government suspects there are many others – at least 200,000 and possibly as many as a half-million refugees who are not registered.
Those numbers contrast with Lebanon’s entire population, which numbers about 4 million people.
Syrian Abed Razzak Khali fled to Lebanon from the suburbs of Damascus. A 35-year-old father of two young children, he cannot understand why his family is not getting more assistance. He gestured toward his 1-year-old daughter.
“When it comes to me I can be patient,” he said. “I can wait. But this girl cannot wait for food. Okay, they bring us something, but what we need is much more. It is very hard.”
Sitting in his tent at a camp in the Bekaa Valley, Khali said bitterly that he does not believe the aid agencies are doing all they can.
Khali said his tent and those around him were supplied by aid groups, “the NGOs” [nongovernmental organizations].
He added that “of course” those groups have additional resources “to cover the needs of the people, but it is not happening.”
Omar Abdul Rahman of Ishraq al-Nour said aid workers were helping 265 refugee families a few months ago in the area around Bar Elias. Now, he says, more than 3,000 Syrian families there are seeking food, shelter and other assistance.
Abdul Rahman said resentment is rising among Lebanese, even those who initially reached out to help the Syrians. “Things changed later because of the big numbers of refugees who came here,” he says. “Even the way [Lebanese] people look at them and treat them has changed.”
Abdel Rahman explained that because the Lebanese have an economic crisis and many of them are jobless, over time they have had less to share with the Syrians. He said refugees even “began to replace Lebanese workers in some jobs because they were willing to take lower salaries.”