ACTNews, BEKAA – Bekaa Valley now becomes the biggest refugee camp in Lebanon. The number of Syrian refugees in the valley has increased each day so that, according to UNHCR, there have been 351, 872 Syrian refugees that have moved to Bekaa Valley since 2018.
Many of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon also live in the capital city of Beirut, and their number reached thousands. They fled from their homeland in Syria for Lebanon to find a better life. They were driven out of their homes by the war that has been raging for years.
However, moving to Lebanon does not make their life easier. In fact, most of the Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in poverty and hardship. In the month of Ramadan, many of them are barely able to fulfill their needs for food.
In the middle of Ramadan, Wednesday (5/21) and Thursday (5/22), Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT), with the assistance of the local volunteers, tried to fulfill the needs of the Syrian refugees by distributing thousands of iftar packages in Bekaa Valley and Beirut.
Andi Noor Faradiba of Global Humanity Response (GHR) – ACT said that the mass iftar events that were held on two consecutive days aims to serve the refugees in two different locations. Each day, iftar packages consisting of rice, vegetables, bread, fruits, dates and mineral water were prepared from Indonesian Public Kitchen for the refugees.
“Every day, ACT local volunteers in Lebanon provided iftar packages to 400 refugees on each location. In total, ACT has reached 1,600 Syrian refugees in Bekaa and Beirut,” explained Faradiba, Monday (5/27).
The mass iftar events held by ACT is a part of an effort to alleviate the suffering of the Syrian refugees. Not only those in Lebanon, the Syrian refugees in Turkey also received the same assistance. Every day, ACT works to aid the Muslims who are in need of assistance, especially during Ramadan.