Life at the border – Between suffering and hope

Lebanon is the country that has received the most refugees from Syria by far. More than a million Syrians sought protection from the war in their own country. Thus, Lebanon has received about one fifth of all Syrian refugees worldwide. In needy dwellings, the displaced people are close to the border waiting for the end of the war and the associated return to their homeland.

However, the medical situation in Lebanon is difficult. Unlike in Turkey or Jordan, for example, the refugees do not live here in large refugee camps, but in camps of various sizes spread throughout the country. A large part of the Syrian refugees live in the Bekaa Plain, a plateau in the east of the country. Others prefer to look for a job in low-paid jobs somewhere in the country. The dwellings of the refugees are completely different. Some of them live in unfinished shell buildings, others in tents or huts. Because of the widespread distribution of Syrian refugees in Lebanon it is difficult to support them with medical care. Currently, we support the Syrian refugees by taking them to the nearest doctor, to the lab or even to the nearest hospital. We can reach and provide medical care for about 3,500 patients a month. Our employees work in Lebanon with both a state and a private hospital. In addition to transporting the refugees, we also cover the costs incurred during their stay in the hospital and provide the privately run hospital with medicine.

We also examine how to offer a holistic therapeutic program for children in refugee camps who have to live with a disability. For families with disabled children it is even harder to leave their countries. These children require increased attention. However, refugee children with disabilities are neither separately registered nor financially supported. By offering a holistic program, we want to give these children back a bit of quality of life and give time and space for their parents to pursue other activities.