ISIS Recruiters Active in Lebanon; Refugees at Risk

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When Islamic State fighters took control of Iraq and Syria eight years ago, refugees flooded into Lebanon. Now, as Lebanon falls apart, displaced individuals are at risk once again.

Syrian refugees tell Heart for Lebanon’s Tom Atema that militants come to their camps in disguise, offering food, housing, protection, and more.

“They’ve told me, ‘This fellow came into my tent, and said, ‘I’ll give you everything that Heart for Lebanon is giving you, but [I’ll] also give you $500 a month cash’,’” Atema says.

The offer is appealing to refugees who see no future in Lebanon. “If you’re a Syrian refugee, you’re living at or below the extreme poverty line,” Atema says.

“You have no legal documents to know that you exist. On top of that, you’re not allowed to work.”

Some desperate families accept, only to find out “they had moved to an ISIS camp,” Atema says.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray the Lord will protect vulnerable people groups from evil.
  • Pray Heart for Lebanon leaders will have godly wisdom and discernment. Pray the Holy Spirit will guide their decision-making according to God’s will.