|Caritas Lebanon sheltering Syrian refugees|
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Syrian refugees receive humanitarian aid from an Islamic organization in Tripoli, Lebanon. As temperatures drop to near freezing in Lebanon, Caritas is working to find shelter for Syrian refugees, mostly women and children.
Catholic News Service
Church aid workers are finding housing for hundreds of Syrian refugees fleeing to Lebanon because of ongoing violence between Syrian forces and armed rebels.
About 200 families — more than 1,000 people overall — made their way to the border town of Qaa in the Bekaa Valley in northern Lebanon and are struggling in the region’s near-freezing temperatures.
Adequate housing in the poverty-ravaged town of Qaa is limited. About 30-35 refugees are crammed into rooms that are about 126 square feet in size. Caritas is collaborating with municipal officials to locate homes that three or four families could share.
Caritas Lebanon has had a regular presence in the Bekaa Valley, with coordinating programs in agriculture, farming and irrigation to address the region’s poverty in the region.