About the Emergency

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Thousands of Syrians fled to border regions to escape escalating violence.

On May 16 alone, more than 1,000 Syrians arrived in Bani Sakher, a village in the Akkar region of northern Lebanon. It is estimated that some 6,000 Syrian refugees were scattered throughout villages in Akkar at one point. In early 2012, the numbers of Syrian refugees swelled to nearly 20,000 registered by the United Nations in Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. It is estimated that thousands more are unregistered. The total number of Syrian refugees in Lebanon and elsewhere continues to rise.

While in Akkar, many Syrians took refuge with relatives. Akkar is already an impoverished region, according to the Lebanon Millennium Development Goals report for 2008:

  • 50% of the inhabitants in Akkar live below the poverty line.
  • 60–70% of the residents do not receive any health insurance coverage.
  • Most residents have difficulties in accessing proper health care due to financial constraints.

Several organizations distributed food rations and basic materials to help alleviate the strains of an increasing population in an area with limited resources. Islamic Relief implemented a quick-effect project to address the urgent needs of the Syrian refugees and residents in Akkar.

How Islamic Relief USA is Helping

IRUSA helped improve conditions for both the refugees streaming into Akkar and for the residents already living there.

Here are some ways Islamic Relief helped:

  • Distributed food rations to alleviate hunger
  • Supplied hygiene kits to help prevent the spread of illness
  • Provided clothing to refugees who fled leaving their personal belongs behind.

Refugees still in the area received food distribution services during Ramadan.

The Islamic Relief family is continuing to support refugee communities in Lebanon.

Food distribution for Syrian refugees, Islamic Relief family in Lebanon

How You Can Help

Here are three ways you can help efforts like these.