Lebanon’s Economic Crisis: Supporting Vulnerable Families

Lebanon hosts the highest number of refugees per capita in the world. The small nation is home to almost 400,000 Palestinians refugees as well over 1 million Syrian refugees.

Published: February 19, 2021
Delivering aid in Lebanon - UK Care for Children

Lebanon has a tragic history of civil war, sectarianism and violence, including the Israeli invasion and bombardments. Its economy and political instability have been a cause of concern for many years and have only worsened due to the ongoing refugee crises.

The recent global pandemic has added extra pressure to Lebanon’s services and economy and there are currently concerns of a potential famine, a huge hike in food prices and the loss of value of the Lebanese currency.

People’s wages, livelihoods and ability to pay bills and support themselves are in a precarious place and tension and anxiety across refugee camps and poor neighbourhoods is high.

UK Care for Children has continued its support for refugee families, and also vulnerable local families by providing vital food aid. We recently distributed wheat for bread and staple food supplies to families suffering from food insecurity. Families also received gas cylinders to help cope with ongoing power cuts and high gas prices across Lebanon. Over 700 families were given help from Beirut, Sidon, Bekaa and Tyre as well as the North of Lebanon.

Gas prices have significantly increased beyond the means of many low income homes.

Wheat is a vital staple that allows people to make bread at home. It is a product impacted by the current economic crisis, with concerns about prices and lack of supply.

Families received emergency food security parcels including wheat, oil and rice.

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