Lebanon

Country Facts

DRC present since:

2004

Staff on location:

170

Displaced population:

1,500,000

What we do

Displacement Situation

Lebanon remains the country hosting the largest number of refugees per capita in the world. One in five people in Lebanon is a refugee. For nearly two years now, the country has been grappling with a deepening economic and financial crisis, social unrest and political turmoil exacerbated by COVID-19 and the Beirut port explosion, descending into what could end up being one of the top three worst economic crises in the world. The Lebanese currency continues to plummet to new depths, so far losing more than 90% of its value against the US dollar, while extreme poverty and unemployment are on the rise. The accumulation of crises have pushed many into poverty and the loss of jobs and purchasing power and lack of fuel and electricity are triggering new waves of protests across the country. More than half the Lebanese population currently lives below the poverty line while 9 out of 10 Syrian families live in extreme poverty.

DRC Response

DRC has been delivering humanitarian programming in response to various humanitarian crises in Lebanon since 2004, working with Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian refugees, in addition to internally displaced Lebanese affected by the 2006 war, migrant domestic workers, vulnerable host Lebanese populations, in addition to those affected by the Beirut Port Explosion in 2020. DRC Lebanon’s focus is to improve the living conditions of displacement-affected populations and contribute to the achievement of durable solutions.

To that end, DRC implements a multi-sectorial humanitarian response in Lebanon and is present across the country, particularly in vulnerable areas that are home to the highest concentrations of Syrian refugees. These areas include North Lebanon, Akkar Governorate, Central, West and North Bekaa, as well as Saida, South Lebanon in conjunction with a local partner. DRC’s response includes protection services such as psychosocial support and legal counselling, and economic recovery programming including skills training and career counselling and advocating for the rights of refugees with the Lebanese government and civil society.

Contact

Lilu Thapa

Executive Director Middle East

[email protected]

Syma Jamil

Country Director

[email protected]

Lebanon Feedback

Any queries or requests for support in Lebanon can be channeled to this email:

[email protected]

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