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1962

UNHCR in Lebanon

UNHCR in Lebanon

For nearly 60 years, UNHCR has worked tirelessly in Lebanon to meet the needs of refugees from around the region and persons internally displaced in Lebanon
With the continuous and close cooperation with our partners, Lebanon, Lebanese and donors, we have faced and overcome many challenges together in assisting the country in caring for refugees.
Our humanitarian work in Lebanon started in 1962. We stayed and delivered during the Lebanese civil war, in 2006, during the Syrian conflict and the largest influx of refugees to Lebanon, and today with the COVID-19 pandemic.
We, alongside 60 agencies, continue to provide healthcare, education, shelter and many other essential relief services to refugees and supporting the Lebanese communities hosting them.

THE LEBANESE
CIVIL WAR

1975

The Lebanese Civil War

The Lebanese Civil War

During the Lebanese civil war, UNHCR and partners strove to safeguard the wellbeing of Lebanese fleeing the violence at home to other countries as well as displaced people within the country.

2006

2006

July 2006

July 2006

As the bombings began in July 2006, hundreds of thousands were forced to flee the war-ravaged villages of south Lebanon to escape the violence. Thousands more in Beirut were driven to the surrounding areas, many living in schools.
In the face of these severe challenges, UNHCR worked day and night to coordinate with Lebanese officials and distribute emergency relief supplies among the population who was internally displaced.
These included basic essentials like food and water but, in many cases, it meant delivering hundreds of tents and mattresses to provide shelter for the internally displaced. UNHCR was present to monitor border crossings of Lebanese who left for Syria and provided relief material to thousands of Lebanese who sought refuge inside Syria .

SYRIAN CRISIS

2011

First Syrian Refugees
Arrive in Lebanon

One month into the start of the Syrian crisis, over 4,000 people found refuge in various areas of northern Lebanon.
UNHCR and local authorities start distributing relief items to the first arrivals.

2011

UNHCR

UNHCR

Realizing the need to address the influx of refugees in north Lebanon early on, UNHCR and partners started working on quick impact projects.

2012

Launch of VASyR Program

The first edition of VASyR (Vulnerability Assessment for Syrian Refugees) was launched with the aim of identifying changes and trends in the lives of Syrian refugee families. With an overview of geographical variations in vulnerabilities, the program covers all sectors and allows for the identification of issues to address.
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2012

UNHCR Expands Role in Lebanon as

REFUGEE NUMBER RISES TO

UNHCR took on a much larger role in assisting displaced Syrian families by providing them with food and hygiene kits, assisting in locating living accommodations, all while coordinating with Lebanese authorities. In April 2012, the number of Syrian refugees stood at 18,000 but with the war in Syria raging on, it would soon rise along with the pressing need for UNHCR and the international community's support for refugees and local communities alike.

2012

1 Million Mark Refugees in Lebanon

UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie Visits Refugees in Lebanon

UNHCR chief Antonio Guterres and special envoy Angelina Jolie met with and heard the difficulties people face in escaping war-torn Syria and the challenges they face finding shelter for them in Lebanon.

Guterres and Jolie visited the Bekaa Valley and met some of the 67,000 registered refugees in Lebanon before meeting President Michel Sleiman and Prime Minister Najib Mikati.

“I was moved to meet Syrian families … in homes where they are welcomed and protected,” Jolie told journalists.
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2012

Over 350,000 Refugees in Lebanon
MILESTONE: REFUGEE STUDENTS ENROLLED

IN

The crisis response, through public services (education, health), aims to reinforce state institutions.

2013

Over 350,000 Refugees in Lebanon

Over Refugees in Lebanon

The pressure on already strained Lebanese public infrastructure like sanitation, hospitals and water supplies begins to build as the number of refugees reaches 356,000. The government, UN and UNHCR recognize the critical issues ahead, including the large presence of children who make up half of the total number of the displaced people. Finding the resources to accommodate the refugee population as well as the vulnerable members of Lebanese society also affected by the decline in trade from the Syrian war will be their main challenges going forward.

2013

Lebanese Director Nadine Labaki Delivers Inspiring Message On World Refugee Day

2013

One Million Syrian Refuge Children in MENA Region

2013

Lebanese Schools
Lebanese Schools

RUN SECOND SHIFT
FOR REFUGEE CHILDREN

During times of war, every day spent out of school represents a setback for refugee children. Besides obvious schooling advantages like education itself, and building a future, it's also crucial children are around each other for social bonding.

These issues were affecting 270,000 refugee children when 74 Lebanese schools offered a solution by running a second shift to allow for more students.

Over 15,000 refugees under the age of 18 were allowed to enroll in learning activities to try and reclaim the lost years and get their education back on track.

2014

Over 350,000 Refugees in Lebanon

MILESTONE: REFUGEE STUDENTS ENROLLED IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

2014

UNHCR


UNHCR's role in aiding refugees and local communities calls for a larger presence on the ground. Our staff grows from 40 before 2011 to over 600 (80% Lebanese) in 2014 to deal with the growing needs of the host community and refugees.

2014

Lebanon Launches



In coordination with the UN and the Lebanese government, the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan is launched. The LCRP has for objectives to address:

- Strain on Lebanese infrastructure and resources

- Economic losses suffered by a lack of tourism and the declining security situation in Lebanon

- The education crisis threatening vulnerable Lebanese and Syrian students

- An impending health crisis and the spread of infectious diseases

2014

1 Million Mark Refugees in Lebanon 1 Million Mark Refugees in Lebanon

Number of Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Passes the 1 Million Mark

Lebanon, a country of over 4 million people, now hosts over 1 million Syrian refugees amid a crisis which shows no signs of slowing.

UNHCR continues to work in tandem with local authorities to alleviate the stress on public infrastructure and resources.

2015

Photo of Aylan Kurdi
Shook the World

In the early hours of September 2nd, 2015, Turkish authorities discovered the body of Syrian toddler Aylan Kurdi washed ashore after his family attempted to reach Europe in a rubber inflatable boat. A photograph of his lifeless body made headlines throughout the world, awakening the international community to the realities that those working within the context of the conflict were all too aware of.

The photograph's viral spread prompted international concern and a rise in awareness about the exodus crisis and the perils so many refugees face in trying to escape violence at home.

2015

Over One Million Refugees
Over One Million Displaced

Arrive in Europe By Sea

In 2015 alone, over one million people arrived in Europe by traveling aboard poorly equipped vessels, many of which were operated by smugglers.

2016

Refugees Use Facebook for


2016

Water Project Launched in Mount Lebanon

Thanks to the commitment of local authorities in Mount Lebanon, 12 water reservoirs were constructed in the area, providing clean water to tens of thousands of Lebanese citizens and Syrian refugees.

Mireille Girard, UNHCR's Representative for Lebanon, hailed the completion of the project.

“In less than two years, together with our partners and the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Establishment, as well as municipal authorities, we managed to build reservoirs that will expand water access in twelve of the most affected communities in Mount Lebanon and improve the lives of tens of thousands of Lebanese and Syrians. It is a remarkable achievement."

2016

Beirut Hackathon
UNHCR Co-sponsors

FOR INNOVATIVE RESPONSE PLANS

Local tech enthusiasts were challenged to develop workable prototypes that could be seamlessly incorporated into humanitarian programmes as part of a hackathon co-sponsored by UNHCR and hosted by Open Source Action Network.

Kwik Response won the competition by developing a sensor for shelters to warn about fires, floods, leaks, structural stability and changes in temperature.

2016

Lebanese

Health Services Improve

The influx of one million Syrian refugees in a country with a population of four million has led to an increase of demand for public primary healthcare services.

Thanks to generous donations, Lebanon has been able to integrate a range of much-needed services that benefit both refugee and Lebanese communities.

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2016

Launch of

The common card system is launched with the intent of simplifying how aid is delivered and to allow access to humanitarian cash assistance to the most vulnerable refugee families.
The World Food Programme, UNICEF, UNHCR and Lebanon Cash Consortium all cooperated to put the new system in place.
“The common card system will facilitate access to assistance for Syrian refugees, and enhance the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of aid delivery” said Mr. Philippe Lazzarini, UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon. “UN agencies and the Lebanon Cash Consortium have come together in a much-needed effort to make the delivery of aid as straightforward as can be for vulnerable refugees in Lebanon.”

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2017

Syrian Surfer
Finds Refuge
On Lebanese Waves

2017

Over 400,000 Students Given


Thanks to a joint effort from UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO, the Ministry of Education, the World Bank and international donors, over 400,000 Lebanese and non-Lebanese children were able to enroll in public schools in 2017.

The "Abtal Al-Madrasa/School Heroes" back to school campaign raised enough money and awareness to guarantee 260,000 Lebanese and 195,000 non-Lebanese children, including Syrian refugee children, between the ages of 3 and 18 access to public schools.

2017

MILESTONES:



Thanks to the support and commitment of the Ministry of Interior and Municipalities, Simplified access to birth and marriage registration:

- Legal residency of parents are no longer required to register a newborn
- Only one spouse with valid legal residency can register marriages.

2017

Syrian Refugees in Lebanon Drop Below 1 million for the First Time Since 2014

2018

Supporting Female Municipal

2018

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Constructing a water supply project that serves thousands of Lebanese and refugees

The crisis response aims to reinforce pubic infrastructure for all communities

2018

Syrian Boy Completes Incredible Journey at Cannes Red Carpet Syrian Boy Completes Incredible Journey at Cannes Red Carpet

Syrian boy takes incredible path from Refugee to Red Carpet

Lebanese director Nadine Labaki said she instantly recognized that 13-year-old Syrian refugee Zain Al Rafeaa was meant to star in her film “Capernaum” when they met.
Zain, who left southern Syria with his family at the age of seven in 2012, plays a true to life character as a refugee living in Beirut who has to work to support his family rather than go to school.

Zain’s leading role would take him down an incredible path to the Cannes red carpet and eventually to Norway where his family were granted asylum. The unlikely journey culminated in Zain realizing his dream of going to school to learn how to read and write.

watch

2018

Will You


How do you think people in Beirut reacted when they saw a child shivering from the cold… watch and see!

2018

Syrian Refugee Total Reaches Nearly 7 Million
Syrian Refugee Total Reaches

Nearly around the world

As the war in Syria rages on, the total number of refugees reaches 6.7 million with a further 6.2 million displaced internally.

2019

UNHCR Supports Waste Management in

2019

#RamadanTogether - Refugees and Lebanese Share Meals and Stories

2019

Lebanese and Refugee Women share recipes, smiles and help others in need

2019

Refugees and aid workers join in to clean-up Lebanon

Campaign to Clean Lebanese Beaches

Lebanon faces a garbage crisis that severely impacts its famous Mediterranean coastline beaches. On June 9th, 2019, the Lebanese government, with support from UNHCR, organized a massive clean up to tackle this issue.

2019

Inauguration of Non-organic Waste Sorting Facility
in Majdal Anjar

The Municipality of Majdal Anjar, together with the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Environment, UNHCR, UNDP and Anera inaugurated a non-organic waste sorting facility in Majdal Anjar as part of the Community-Based Solid Waste Management Project in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley.

In light of the environmental and health conditions faced in Majdal Anjar due to the solid waste crisis in the region, and the increased strain on the local infrastructure with the presence of some 18,000 Syrian refugees in the town, solid waste management was selected as a priority area of intervention.

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2019

UNHCR and Lebanese Govt. Renovate 15 Schools Across Country

UNHCR and the Ministry of Education renovate and expand public schools

UNHCR and the Ministry of Education renovated and expanded 15 public schools across Lebanon to provide Lebanese and refugee children with access to higher quality education.

“The issue of education for the world’s refugee children is an urgent one. In Lebanon, still almost half of refugee children, do not go to school. With the help and commitment of Lebanon and the Ministry of Education, we can reduce these numbers, and give refugee children the possibility to dream of a better future so they can rebuild their homes upon their return”, said UNHCR representative Mireille Girard.

2019

UNHCR Invests $250 Million to Support Lebanese Institutions

Over $264 Million Invested by UNHCR to Support Lebanese Institutions

In recognition of Lebanon’s generosity, UNHCR has allocated over the past years a proportion of its humanitarian budget to supporting Lebanese institutions and projects that benefit local communities as well as refugees. Since 2011, UNHCR has invested USD 264.9 million in Lebanon’s institutions and infrastructure to support a number of ministries in delivering public services to a larger population and to subsidize projects that bring needed infrastructure and equipment to Lebanese communities in order to mitigate the impact of the refugee influx.

2019

Syrian Refugee Volunteers to

Fix

2019

First Global Refugee Forum

A high-level meeting in Geneva of governments, international financial organizations, business leaders, humanitarian and development actors, refugees, and civil society representatives has secured wide-ranging and substantial commitments of support for refugees and the communities they live in, notably with important pledges of new long- term support. read more

2019

Tens of thousands of Syrian refugees resettled outside of Lebanon

By 2016, UNHCR submitted the files of 50,000 Syrian refugees from Lebanon to 25 different resettlement countries.
By 2018, 50,000 had actually departed through resettlement.
By end of 2019, 84,000 Syrian refugees had been submitted for resettlement by UNHCR and 59,500 had already departed.

2019

#TogetherWeGiveWarmth

Every winter, UNHCR and partners assist the most vulnerable refugee and Lebanese families, helping them keep warm and survive harsh winter conditions.
In light of the economic crisis in Lebanon, UNHCR and partners scaled up the winter campaign this year to reach more of the most vulnerable families across the country.
Through #TogetherWeGiveWarmth, close to 1 million Lebanese and refugees were supported this winter.

2020

#TogetherWeGiveWarmth

2020

MILESTONE: SINCE 2011, LEBANON RECEIVED
OVER BILLION TO RESPOND TO THE IMPACT OF SYRIAN CRISIS

COVID-19

2020

COVID-19 Strategy and Response

COVID-19 Strategy and Response

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, UNHCR immediately initiated preparedness, prevention and response measures to safeguard the health of refugee and Lebanese communities as part of the National Response Plan
Our response plan is threefold: Prevention, Containment of transmission andTreatment.
UNHCR’s COVID-19 response is about saving lives and leaving no one behind.
We have a common cause to work toward together and now is the time to recognize that it is in our collective interest to join forces.

2020

COVID-19 response: Objective 1 : Prevention - Hygiene kits distributions & awareness sessions in the field

Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak in Lebanon, our staff have been dispatched around the country to support refugees and Lebanese, and to prevent the further spread of coronavirus among the refugee communities
UNHCR staff have regular awareness training sessions to help refugees recognize the symptoms of COVID-19 as well as how to properly take preventive measures. These sessions go hand in hand with our distribution of hygiene kits throughout Lebanon.

2020

COVID-19 response:
Objective 2:
Containment of transmission and isolation

UNHCR representative in Lebanon explains how our isolation plan can keep refugees living in crowded settings safe.

2020

COVID-19 response: Objective 2: Containment of transmission and isolation

With COVID-19, some people need to self-isolate but cannot do so at home. With our partners, we are working to ensure that these people, regardless of nationality, have a place to go to.

2020

COVID-19 response: Objective 3: Treatment - Hospital Support

UNHCR is supporting hospitals in Lebanon by importing life-saving medical equipment and supplies worth millions of dollars.
We are in the process of expanding five public hospitals with additional beds and ICU space so more COVID-19 patients can receive treatment, regardless of nationality.
In total, we will cover the costs of an additional 800 hospital beds and 100 additional ICU beds over three phases. These supplies will all remain for use once the crisis has passed.

TOGETHER
WE GIVE HOPE

2020

Together we give hope

With the hard economic situation in the country, as well as the strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, UNHCR and its partners launched the “Together We Give Hope” solidarity campaign aiming to reach thousands of vulnerable Lebanese and refugee families throughout the country.
The campaign provides lifesaving and essential food items and hygiene kits to help families in need cope during the difficult economic situation in Lebanon.

2020

Together we give hope

PCR
TESTING

2020

COVID-19 response: PCR Testing

As part of the national PCR testing campaign, UNHCR with the Ministry of Public Health, WHO Lebanon and AMEL NGO and IOCC relief, are testing refugees across Lebanon.