The prolonged warfare in Syria has resulted in the displacement of millions of Syrians to neighboring countries. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Lebanon has disproportionately felt the impact of this crisis and currently has the highest number of refugees per capita of any country in the world. With 341,234 individuals, the Bekaa region in eastern Lebanon has the highest concentration of Syrian refugees in the country. Many of these refugees are living in informal tented settlements. They are among the most vulnerable populations in the country. They experience poverty characterized by a lack of basic necessities and comforts, as well as hazardous living conditions. Financial strain and food insecurity are primary motivators pushing children in refugee families into work and out of school.
In this context, and with the aim of highlighting the vulnerability and critical situation children are experiencing in the camps, researchers from the Environmental Health Department at the Faculty of Health Sciences (FHS) published a report entitled "Survey on Child Labour in Agriculture in the Bekaa Valley of Lebanon: The Case of Syrian Refugees." A launching event of the report will be held on June 26, 2019 at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs (IFI) of the American University of Beirut. The event will be convened with the presence of the Minister of Labor in Lebanon Camille AbouSleiman and senior representatives from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC),
the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), and the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Speakers from the different organizations will be addressing child labour among Syrian refugees in the Bekaa Valley and the research findings on this issue. The event will be concluded with a discussion of the report and the potential interventions and initiatives suggested by the researchers to improve the status of children in refugee camps.
The event will be live streamed on AUB Youtube channel on the following link: www.aub.edu.lb/live