The Suffering of the Innocents: The Experience of Being a Syrian Refugee Child in Lebanon & Jordan

Arthur Brown writes on IMES blog about Syrian refugee children.
Next week World Vision has a special day of prayer for Syria.

The Institute of Middle East Studies

By Arthur Brown

“The world must act to save a generation of traumatised, isolated and suffering Syrian children from catastrophe. If we do not move quickly, this generation of innocents will become lasting casualties of an appalling war.”

So begins the recently published UNHCR report on the plight of Syrian refugee children, the majority of who are living in Lebanon and Jordan. The report makes for grim reading. Of the 2.2 million registered Syrian refugees, 52% are children and 75% of these are under the age of 12. As of 31st October 385,007 children were registered with the UN in Lebanon, with an additional 291, 238 registered in Jordan. Many more children are not yet registered.

The report highlights the many and diverse challenges facing these children, situations which are likely to cause long-term damage, both physically and psychologically. The primary issues UNHCR reports are of:

  • Fractured families,
  • Children who…

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Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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