There is no simple explanation for the economic disaster Lebanon has found itself in. It is so multifaceted that no one has the answer to how the country will get back on its feet, at a time when the banks have stopped working, 75 percent of the population lives below the UN poverty line of 2 dollars a day and where the value of a Lebanese pound has fallen by 95 percent in one year.
This week we were back in Lebanon, after a break of 2.5 years due to the pandemic. It was a strong reunion with a country in greater crisis than ever.
Another trip to Lebanon is over, the 24th in the row for Abri Aid.
Over the past six months, Quality Hotel Region Stavanger has raised over NOK 100,000 for refugee work in Lebanon.
It is exactly three years since Alfred and I went with Sandra Cederholm to look at the conditions in the Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon for the first time. Not much has changed during the 22 trips we have had.
Burning days in the Beka Valley, 32 degrees in the shade. Great for those who have cold water and air conditioning in the car, tough for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees living in the lousy camp camps.
Last week was the worst in this crisis’ history regarding the weather and camp conditions.
At Abri Aid mission number 16 to Lebanon, we managed to handle 27 medical cases. This is a lot in two days, but still a drop in the big ocean.
Cuts in the budgets of the UN and other major donors make the future of Lebanon’s over one million refugees more unsure than ever before.
During our mission in Bekaa Valley in May we were working together with at video photographer.