Heavy Snow Collapses Refugee Homes in Lebanon in Worst Snowstorm Since 1985, Heart for Lebanon Begins Rebuilding

Image courtesy of Heart for Lebanon.

Syrian refugees in Lebanon’s Beqaa Valley emerge from the worst snowstorm in decades.

The same system compounded challenges for refugees scattered throughout the region. According to the United Nations, 6.2 million Syrians are internally displaced, while 5.7 million have registered as refugees in Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

Piles of heavy snow collapsed tent walls and roofs. “We went in with our team and shoveled off roofs, fixed two-by-four ceilings, and got [the tents] livable again,” Heart for Lebanon’s Tom Atema says.

“Locals tell us this is the worst snowstorm they’ve seen since 1985.”

Winter brings snow to this region every year, “but usually not to this degree. [It’s] very unusual to get this much snow in one snowstorm, plus the bitter cold on top of it,” Atema says.

Plus, when you’re a refugee living far below the poverty line, winterization supplies cost more than a typical budget allows. Atema asks, “When you have nothing, and the best you can do [to construct a home] is a couple of two-by-fours and some tarps thrown over the top… how can you prepare for snow?”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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