Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand is supporting Caritas in Lebanon as that nation struggles to shelter, feed and support more than 1.2 million refugees fleeing the war in Syria.
Struggling host communities in Lebanon are also being supported. We are working through Caritas Lebanon to provide relief, and accepting donations from the public.
Caritas Lebanon has provided food parcels to Syrian refugee families, and to impoverished Lebanese families affected by the influx. Caritas Lebanon is also distributing hygiene kits, shelter, blankets and bedding, and providing medical aid.
The President of Caritas Lebanon, Fr. Simon Faddoul, says the situation is unbelievable. There is a shortage of shelter and diseases are spreading while Lebanon’s delicate political balance is at risk.
'To all those good hearted people,' he says, 'please listen to the suffering of the Syrian people inside Syria and in the neighbouring countries. Lebanon has four million inhabitants – we are hosting 1.2 million Syrian people. ... From the humanitarian side, it is becoming uncontrollable.'
Other Caritas member organisations are helping refugees fleeing to other neighbouring countries and assisting people within Syria itself.
Syrian refugee crisis: a ‘human flood’ into Lebanon (interview with Caritas Lebanon head)