With the aim of highlighting the vulnerability and critical situation that children are experiencing in Syrian refugee camps in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon, the Environmental Health Department at the American University of Beirut (AUB) – Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS), Graduate Public Health Program, published a research study, one of the largest studies to be carried out on child labor globally, led by Dr. Rima Habib, entitled “Survey on Child Labour in Agriculture in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon: The Case of Syrian Refugees.”
A launching event of the report was held on Wednesday, June 26 in the auditorium of the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) of the American University of Beirut. The event was convened in the presence of the Minister of Labor in Lebanon Camille AbouSleiman and senior representatives from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Discussing the outputs of the study, Dr. Habib revealed shocking facts that threaten the health and quality of life of children living in refugee camps in the Bekaa, as well as their future. Dr. Habib confirmed that the economic situation remains the driving reason for child labor, with families living with an average monthly income-expenditure gap of $69 per capita, as they seek to ensure their most basic needs, such as food and healthcare.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on July 19