As the winter sets in, Syrian refugees are reportedly going through bitterly cold days in refugee camps of neighboring Lebanon.
Tens of thousands of Syrians, who have taken refuge in al-Saadiyeh, a village in the eastern Bekaa Valley, are reportedly inadequately equipped to cope with the cold.
“This is our first winter here. We really didn’t expect it to be so cold,” Abu Ali, a sixty-year-old Syrian refugee said, adding, “We have no sobia [a kind of stove], nothing to heat us up.”
According to the United Nations, over half of the 1.1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon are living in substandard housing.
The Syrian refugees in Jabaa, another camp in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, are also struggling to survive the cold winter.
Lebanese Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas said earlier this week that the almost four-year-long conflict in neighboring Syria has cost his country more than USD 20 billion (16 billion euros).
The top Lebanese official also criticized the international community for not fulfilling their pledges of assisting the Beirut government with the influx of Syrian refugees.
According to Lebanese government officials, the influx of Syrian refugees is exerting huge pressure on Lebanon’s meager infrastructure, education and health systems.
According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, more than 200,000 people have died so far in the conflict in Syria.
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