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LEBANON

Lebanon, about the size of the American state of Delaware, is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the west, Syria to the north and east, and Israel to the South. Only 140 miles long and 40 miles wide, Lebanon is an ancient land and home to a rich diversity of ethnicities and religions. Byblos, a city…

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THE REFUGEE CRISIS

Unrest in the Middle East, particularly Syria and Iraq, has unleashed an historical humanitarian crisis. “In almost four years of war, nearly half of Syria’s population of 23 million people has been uprooted,” writes special envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Angelina Jolie in a New York Times op-ed. According to UNHCR,…

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TENT SETTLEMENTS

UNHCR estimates nearly 1.8 million Syrian refugees are in Lebanon. They live wherever they can find a space–abandoned buildings, garages, sheds, or in makeshift tent settlements in vacant lots or rented farmland. A New York Times article reports that the United Nations estimates that the percentage of refugees living in “insecure dwellings” had risen to 55…

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FURTHER READING & RESOURCES

Below is the beginning of a growing list of links to resources and further reading about the Syrian and Iraqi refugee crisis. If you have a recommendation for an addition to this list, please don’t hesitate to contact me. FAQs: War in Syria, children, and the refugee crisis (World Vision) Syria Regional Refugee Response (UNHCR)…

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