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Lebanon becoming unstable, warns Caritas director

Catholic World News - January 21, 2013

The influx of nearly 200,000 Syrian refugees into neighboring Lebanon, a nation of 4.1 million, is creating “an unstable situation, at all levels: security-wise, and economically and politically, and socially,” warns the president of the Church’s charitable agency in Lebanon.

“Most of the refugees have come to areas that are already poor … which makes things much harder,” said Father Simon Faddoul, president of Caritas Internationalis Lebanon, in an interview with Vatican Radio. “You cannot just think of the refugee, but you think of the host family. It has become very hard.”

Most refugees, he added, are Muslim. “There is, first, a common approach to all,” he said, “that the human touch is more important than the materialistic needs. It’s not important what you give; it’s important how you give it.”

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