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Priest pleads for international assistance as Syrian refugees overwhelm Lebanon

April 18, 2013

The number of refugees who have fled Syria for Lebanon has surged to 1.2 million and threatens to overwhelm Lebanese institutions, according to the president of Caritas Lebanon.

“Please listen to the suffering of the Syrian people inside Syria and around in the neighboring countries, especially in Lebanon. Lebanon has four million inhabitants; we are hosting 1.2 million Syrian people, which means more than 25% of the population has become Syrian,” said Father Simon Faddoul.

“The Lebanese people are so afraid of this presence, this massive presence throughout Lebanon – in a chaotic manner, without any organization – while the security in Lebanon is not so tight,” he added. Tuberculosis and other diseases are spreading, and “you cannot find a place to house these people.”


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  • Posted by: Defender - Apr. 18, 2013 10:45 AM ET USA

    Doesn't it seem that the best thing to do is for the UN to spend money, time and effort to help Lebanon now, instead of wasting money, time and effort on birth control and gay rights around the world? For that matter, the same goes for the U.S.!