WFP provides monthly life-saving food assistance to more than four million people each month inside Syria. In Lebanon, almost 700,000 Syrian refugees receive food assistance through an electronic voucher system.
According to a UNFPA survey covering some 2,400 refugee women and girls living in Western Bekaa, more than a third of those surveyed between the ages of 20 and 24 had been married before reaching age 18.
The crisis in Syria is well into its sixth year, and Lebanon continues to host over one million Syrian refugees. Families have exhausted their limited resources, and are having to adapt to survive on the bare minimum.
“Our objective is to make sure that these (out-of-school) kids, who have done nothing to find themselves in this abysmal situation, will not turn into a lost generation,” said Ferid Belhaj of the World Bank.
Weaknesses and a lack of coordination in the Lebanese government’s response to sex trafficking is putting women and girls at risk, Human Rights Watch said on the World Day against Trafficking in Persons.
Report documents the steps Lebanon has taken to allow Syrian children to access public schools, but also found some schools have not complied, and more support is needed for Syrians and Lebanon’s over-stretched schools.