The prolonged warfare in Syria has resulted in the displacement of millions of Syrians to neighboring countries. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Lebanon has disproportionately felt the impact of this crisis and currently has the highest number of refugees per capita of any country in the world. With 341,234 individuals, the Bekaa region in eastern Lebanon has the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the country. Many of these refugees are living in informal tented settlements. They are among the most vulnerable populations in the country. They experience poverty characterized by a lack of basic necessities and comforts, as well as hazardous living conditions. Financial strain and food insecurity are primary motivators pushing children in refugee families into work and out of school.
In this context, and with the aim of highlighting the vulnerability and critical situation children are experiencing in the camps, the American University of Beirut – Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Graduate Public Health Program published a report led by Dr. Rima Habib, entitled “Survey on Child Labour in Agriculture in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon: The Case of Syrian Refugees.”Friday Letter Submission, Publish on June 28