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Families fleeing shelling in Lebanon receive support from Concern

Volunteers providing meals
Volunteers with Lebanese charity Nusaned bringing meals to families displaced by shelling along the south Lebanon border. Concern has partnered with Nusaned.
Press release23 January 2024

Families forced to flee their homes due to attacks near the Lebanon-Israel border are receiving meals and other humanitarian assistance thanks to support from Concern. 

International development organisation Concern Worldwide has partnered with local charity Nusaned to feed up to 1,000 families in Lebanon. They are sheltering in four schools and a university in the ancient coastal town of Tyre in the west of the country after their town came under fire. 

“In response to the recent shelling in south Lebanon, we launched a critical emergency response in Tyre,” said Concern’s Country Director in Lebanon, Sherzada Khan. 

“Around 80,000 people, forced to flee their homes due to ongoing conflict, now find themselves displaced and living in shelters without access to basic necessities. 

“We are addressing the pressing needs of internally displaced people, including many children and elderly people.” 

Concern’s partners are providing displaced families with three meals a day in addition to other needs like clean drinking water, mattresses, pillows, blankets and nappies. 

Lebanese families are receiving the meals in school classrooms where they sleep each night as they shelter from conflict. They said they hope for peace and being able to return to their homes. 

Hussein Ali Ez Al Deen (42), who fled from his hometown on the border with Israel with his wife and three children, said: “We can't thank you enough for this act of help and I hope that the war ends so we can go back to our home.” 

“I miss my home and I miss sleeping in my own bed,” added 18-year-old Lilia Mohamad Al Moussa, displaced with her parents and two younger sisters. 

“We may have lost everything, but we refuse to lose hope,” said Ali Mahmood Hasan Saa (62). 

Nusaned said the project provides meals each day to displaced people living in school buildings. Each classroom accommodates two families, separated by room dividers. 

Concern, which has worked in Lebanon since 2013, is simultaneously responding to the needs of Lebanese, Syrian and Palestinian people living in the north of the country where temperatures plummet at this time of year. 

Lebanon has hosted Palestinian refugees since 1948, with an estimated 250,000 Palestinian refugees currently living in the country. A further 1.5 million Syrian refugees are also living in Lebanon, which has a population of 5.2 million. This makes it the world’s biggest host of refugees per capita. 

For more details about Concern’s work and ways to support its humanitarian response efforts in Lebanon, visit 


For more information, please contact Concern’s Senior Communications Officer Nicole Bayes-Fleming at [email protected] 

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