Syrians Refugees Feel Neglected

Syrians refugees in Lebanon are finding Ramadan this year a very distressful one. For them, Ramadan composes many other difficulties facing Syrian refugees who feel neglected.

The brutal crackdown by President Bashar Al-Assad's security forces has caused thousands of Syrian’s to flee the country and seek refuge in Lebanon.

Schools in the northern town of Wadi Khaled were providing shelter for refugees and Syrian families.

Other refugees at Al-Ihsan school are learning lessons in patience and strength, waiting for the violence across the border to end.

Mohammad, a refugee said ''The first thing that we face in Ramadan is psychological difficulty. We left our homes which have been destroyed and ransacked, and we came here and we are breaking our fast here. And it is true that Lebanese families have hosted us but we are guests here; we are strangers, far from our families, far from our homes. So there is a lot of emotional pressure during this month. And secondly, we are lacking in aid. We are receiving very little aid.'

Most of the 300 refugees in the school are from Syrian border villages like Tel Kelakh or from villages surrounding the city of Homs, in central Syria.

Ms Abeer said, ''I don't see one Arab country or charity organization that is taking care of us. All the Arab countries are silent; they are all looking after their interests only. So where are we on their mind? We are a people, not just a government. The government does not represent the people. Our people are persecuted, they don't have a word in anything.''

The Syrian authorities’ latest crackdown is on the city of Hama where at least 122 people have been killed since August 1st, triggering international condemnation and sanctions on Syria.

Speakers:
Mohammad and Abeer, a family refugee in Lebanon.

Voices:
Maan Fadel
Noora Al Faraj

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