Yara first sought refuge in Lebanon after her husband was arrested and killed in Syria two years ago. With four children and at only 23 years old, she struggles to pay rent and support her son, Mutanama – the two year-old has a hole in his spine that leaks fluid into his brain.
She’s one of four million people who have fled Syria since the crisis began nearly four years ago in the midst of a civil war. Currently five neighbouring countries are hosting 95% of the refugees that have fled due to the crisis, putting serious strain on their economies and infrastructure.
Many refugees like Yara and Mutanama have found themselves in dire circumstances after fleeing the conflict in Syria. They face insurmountable poverty, a lack of access to essential amenities such as healthcare, or even the threat of torture and rape.
The UN has identified 380,000 refugees in the countries surrounding Syria as vulnerable and in dire need of resettlement. So far, wealthier nations have offered a mere 79,180 resettlement places, amounting to only 2% of the total Syrian refugee population in neighbouring countries.
Refugees and Migrants Rights Campaigner