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Refugees Caught in Heavy Snow as Storms Lash Lebanon and Jordan


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Evelyn
- 1528 days ago - unhcr.org
Lebanon's Bekaa Valley was blanketed in snow on Wednesday morning, cutting off roads and affecting tens of thousands of refugees - many of whom live in makeshift shelters in more than 850 informal settlements See video: http://youtu.be/ZcWE9HToCdY



   

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Evelyn B (63)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 12:39 am
See Lebanon: Struggling with winter storm Zeina
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 1:08 am
They really need to rehouse them in buildings, so that they're safer.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 4:59 am
Israel lies between Lebanon and Jordan.....
 

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 5:10 am
In an ideal world, Darren ... yes! (Mind you, in an ideal world, there wouldn't be refugees, either!)

But with a Lebanese population of about 3 million, a Palestinian refugee population of close to a million (only about half under UNRWA's mandate) and around 750,000 Syrian refugees ... how does one rehouse the recent refugees in housing? Practically speaking, that is? I wish they could send the pre-fab A-frame temporary housing ... but that needs flat bases, & one would need about 250,000 ... each needing approx 20m2 .... over 5,000,000 square metres of relatively flat land just for the Syrian refugees in a country of 10,452 square kilometres total (with a lot of that mountainous .... )

A hell of a challenge; and meanwhile, there are deaths due to cold ...
 

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 5:13 am
Mind you, those statistics, & even UNHCR's report, don't mention the Lebanese families that have been, and are, taking into their homes Syrian families, &/or lending them farm buildings, garages etc ...
 

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 6:20 am
Hi Evelyn,
Idealism aside. . . surely there ARE empty buildings they could be relocated to?

For one, every Church I'm aware of, even though it might be locked up on a night time, COULD house these people, at least temporarily.
 

fahad Al fahad (140)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 10:49 am
America and its allies are spending billions of dollars to fight the Islamic state and the Syrians are leaving their country !! Do not spend a heat them from the cold !! And leave them to die !!
 

Evelyn B (63)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 1:52 pm
Darren - it's almost 4 years of intake now .. the cold wave may be a short crisis, the waves of refugees are becoming chronic & cumulative. It's not like Katarina, where home isn't far from shelters .... yet look at the difficulties the US faced around those displaced families ... in practical terms. You are talking about relatively large numbers, scattered around informal temporary settlements, and many of the local people are also not well equipped to cope with this cold wave themselves. The amazing thing is the number of individual families who have already given what they can ... freed up farm buildings, empty sheds, donated to provide clothing etc etc ... and after the cold wave, must they have to choose between reclaiming their space in order to work normally, or having to allow the sheltered families to stay on? It seems pretty simple from outside ... but is very complex on the spot ... Again, think of Katarina ...

I hear the frustration of someone who has had their fill of outsiders saying "you could take these people in, you could open your churches/ mosques/ schools/ social centres to shelter them from the cold" ... but is living with the effects of the global economic crisis aggravated by huge numbers of refugees not only being squeezed in to little Lebanon but also taking jobs & forcing pay rates down, bringing their political conflicts to aggravate Lebanon's own .... And who's helping Lebanon's poor in this cold? (Or the Palestinian refugees'?) And How long can Lebanon cope before being swallowed into the maw of the conflicts of its neighbours?

Although I'm sad at your conclusion ...
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 10, 2015, 2:08 pm
Are any arab nations helping them?????????
 

. (0)
Sunday January 11, 2015, 9:15 am
Noted
 

Gregory Louderback (133)
Sunday January 11, 2015, 6:40 pm
This humanitarian crisis just keeps getting worse. If starvation isn't enough, now severe weather is adding another element for the misery of people caught in the midst of extremists. I hope the unsubstantiated reports of the Ebola virus infecting the IS is just rumour not for their sake but for the innocent caught up in this.
 

arnold B (12)
Sunday January 11, 2015, 11:02 pm
noted
 

Evelyn B (63)
Monday January 12, 2015, 12:24 am
As you say, Gregory - the reports are unsubstantiated; seem to be on Kurdish & Israeli sites. I share your hope that these are just rumours, started to generate fear. There's a fair chance that this is the case.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday January 12, 2015, 2:49 am
Of course the good guys would be the ones responsible for nasty rumours......
 
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