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Eyewitness: Plight of Syrian refugee mothers in Lebanon

21 February 2013

A nutritionist talking to a Syrian refugee family in Lebanon

A nutritionist for IOCC explains the contents of a personal care kit, provided by ACT Alliance members, to a Syrian refugee mother in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley. Photo credit: Paul Jeffrey/ACT Alliance

Khawlah’s youngest child was just two weeks old when she fled with him in her arms from Syria, along with her three other children. Taking only what they needed to survive, they arrived in Lebanon penniless and without any possessions.

Our ACT Alliance sister agency, International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), is working in Lebanon to meet the needs of vulnerable women like Khawlah, who have arrived from Syria with newborn babies and little, if any, money or personal possessions.

Working in partnership with ACT Alliance and United Nations humanitarian agencies, IOCC has distributed ‘dignity kits’ to 2,000 Syrian female refugees in Lebanon. Each kit contains feminine hygiene products and personal care items, such as bath towels and underwear.

‘I had nothing,’ says Khawlah. ‘This kit is going to be extremely helpful to me, I truly need it. People don’t know that in some circumstances any help is a great one.’

As well as distributing dignity kits to vulnerable women, IOCC is also working to provide support in emergency nutrition to Syrian mothers with newborn babies.

Christian Aid is supporting IOCC’s humanitarian assistance work inside Syria. For more information, please visit the ACT Alliance website

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