Publisher: The Lebanon Daily Star
Author: STEPHEN DOCKERY
Story date: 06/05/2012
The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees has had "small delays" in aid distribution in north Lebanon, where there is the largest concentration of Syrian refugees in the country, a UNHCR spokeswoman told The Daily Star.
For several weeks in a row the aid organization reports show it has provided no aid provisions to any of North Lebanon, where 13,405 people are officially registered as refugees.
Ads by GoogleUNHCR spokeswoman Dana Sleiman said aid is still being provided to refugees through partner organizations and a large shipment of aid is to be distributed to refugees soon.
"There's been a small delay, but distributions are starting up again Monday," Sleiman said. "They have still been doing distribution on a home-by-home basis."
Sleiman said the delays have not had an effect on refugees, who are given provisions that last several weeks.
The organization continued operations as usual in the Bekaa, handing out over 1,000 packages of foodstuffs and baby supplies.
The UNHCR is working to rehabilitate around 100 houses and public buildings in the area to house refugees, according to the report.
The latest update from the aid organization reports that the number of refugees it is aiding is around 24,000, level with last week's update. UNHCR registered 1,887 refugees this week, most already living in the country.
The organization has been working recently to improve its access to refugee communities across the country, particularly in Tripoli, where the UNHCR does not have a strong presence.
The U.N. body is working on registering between 2,000 and 3,000 more refugees who are residing in Tripoli, after they reach an agreement over access with the government, the report said.
Several months ago, the Lebanese government halted refugee registration in Tripoli for weeks at a time. UNHCR officials said no explanation was offered for the move.
Also according to the latest report, 13 Syrians were admitted to the country's hospitals. And in a sign of the length of the more than yearlong conflict, UNHCR has made agreements with hospitals for childbirth for Syrian refugees.
"There are high rates of preterm births and newborns in need of neonatal intensive care; this is attributed to a variety of reasons, including the mother's nutrition, lack of proper prenatal care and trauma suffered by the conflict witnessed by Syrian women," the report says.
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