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Fatima’s house is now home.

Fatima’s house is now home.

Seated in her modestly furnished living room, Fatima stares outside her window to a view of the city of Halba in northern Lebanon. From behind the window, she observes the grey and yellow buildings surrounded by mountainous areas that have been a silent witness to her...

In Safety and Dignity: Supporting Refugees to Meet Basic Needs

In Safety and Dignity: Supporting Refugees to Meet Basic Needs

Abdul Motalleb, Amina, and their children once led a normal life in Syria, where they planned a future for their family. But like millions of people, they were forced to flee once the fighting reached their town, destroying their property and putting their lives at...

Syrian brothers in Lebanon are a team on the football field and at home

Syrian brothers in Lebanon are a team on the football field and at home

In the living room of the El Jadoua’a family’s small apartment in Abbassiye, southern Lebanon, dozens of medals hang from the wall and a collection of trophies won at local tournaments covers an entire tabletop – testament to eldest son Mohammad’s passion and talent...

More support needed as Syrian refugees reach breaking point

More support needed as Syrian refugees reach breaking point

“Sometimes it all feels like it’s not real. You think to yourself, ‘how did we end up like this in a tent?’” says Mohammad, gesturing to the tarpaulin-covered shelter made from wood and scrap metal where his family of six live in a settlement in Tripoli, northern...

Registration ensures access to rights for refugees in Lebanon

Registration ensures access to rights for refugees in Lebanon

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is assisting Syrian refugees in Lebanon with registration. This step ensures that they will face fewer challenges when accessing their rights, especially children who are more at risk. Ward and Latifa were conscious of the importance of...

Crisis-hit families struggle as winter arrives in Lebanon

Crisis-hit families struggle as winter arrives in Lebanon

Winter has taken hold in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, bringing heavy rains and pushing nighttime temperatures close to freezing. Syrian single mother Majida faces testing months ahead living in her makeshift shelter, its leaky tarpaulin roof weighed down with discarded car...

UNHCR fixes homes to help Lebanese and refugees weather crisis

UNHCR fixes homes to help Lebanese and refugees weather crisis

In the small town of Sarafand, halfway between the ancient Phoenician ports of Sidon and Tyre on Lebanon’s Mediterranean coast, Aliyah, a Lebanese single mother of four, felt powerless as the stable life she once knew crumbled around her – literally, in the case of...

Refugees rise up against gender-based violence

Refugees rise up against gender-based violence

Today, November 25, marks the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, an international UN campaign that calls for the end of violence against women and girls. This year’s theme is “Safety from violence is everyone’s right: safety at home,...