Syria: Concern facing impossible choices

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Syria: Concern facing impossible choices

18 December 2013

Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest aid agency, has warned that his team in Lebanon is “facing impossible choices” in bringing assistance to Syrian refugees as snow and freezing temperatures brought the plight of those seeking food and shelter to crisis point, just one week before Christmas. 

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“The consequences of the current international funding shortfall are profound, including cutbacks in food aid for hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. If this trend continues, our teams are facing impossible choices about who we can help, and who we can’t.”
The Concern CEO said the agency’s own assessments have shown that refugees currently living in informal settlements in Lebanon are not adequately equipped to cope with the winter as temperatures drop to below zero, posing risks of hypothermia and food shortages. “In plummeting temperatures, people are living in wholly inadequate conditions; converted farm buildings, makeshift shelters or disused garages. There are very few opportunities for work or means to support a family. Regionally, there are over one million innocent refugee
children who have been displaced by the conflict and many of them are out of school. Local services are strained to breaking point.”

 

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Syria: Concern facing impossible choices

Dominic MacSorley, CEO of Concern Worldwide, Ireland’s largest aid agency, has warned that his team in Lebanon is “facing impossible choices” in bringing assistance to Syrian refugees as snow and freezing temperatures brought the plight of those seeking food and shelter to crisis point, just one week before Christmas.