Nearly 8 years after the civil war happening in Syria, 70% of refugees in Lebanon live in poverty. Many families have to leave their children out to make money.
The fate of people living on the street “I want to go to school, become a doctor and live life like everyone else.
I used to bring flowers to place the couple and said, “Please buy roses flowers donated uncle if uncle love her.” Grandchildren florist because my parents are sick. I want to help parents. She woke up at 5:30 or 6 am to buy flowers wholesale markets. Her work, then go home. My father weak because only one kidney. My mother worked at home, “Omar said to look older than their age 6.
Like Omar and Youssef, Salma Ismat (7 years) is their spleen over the chairs in the bar to sell flowers to drink cocktails and beer crowd. Salma Ismat try smiling even when customers ignored or seemed uncomfortable when she appeared. Ismat Salma trying to spell the name bar. “This is just a part-time job, I still go to school,” said Salma Ismat.
Each family in Syria often have 3 to 4 children. Both Omar and Youssef are not in school. The father of two children said, though very affectionate child, but the family does not have any other choice. Family lives of Syrian refugees in Lebanon face many difficulties. Besides working as florist, many Syrians in Lebanon have to beg on the streets or street vendors to buy bread against hunger.
Many were the passers humiliated. It is estimated that 60% of children Syria working in the streets in Lebanon has experienced violence. “Once, Omar was sick and you go to bars alone florist. At the bar, she was beaten and they do not sell flowers. People say stupid grandchildren. Nephew to a street corner to sit and cry. Meanwhile, I was young, but now has a much larger, “Youssef said and added that the two brothers often other street children who bully.
Once, “Omar said, weak health should my parents two brothers to go sell flowers but I wanted to say, she can at home. Parents worked a lot because they are children. If the charity help, take me back to school, I would go with them. Maybe they will give me a better life. I can learn English, French or Arabic and traveling to new lands, “Youssef said.
27 USD per month family support Syrian refugees
About 1.5 million Syrians in Lebanon with more than 1/3 of the refugees. Syrian people are only allowed to work in agriculture, construction or industrial cleaning. More than 70% live below the poverty line. Job search capabilities limited, many Syrians rely on aid.
Known, the World Food Program (WFP) to support the Syrian refugee families 27 USD per month.
However, this number is too small, not enough spending. For her and her husband and Sawsan Sadek 4 children, 27 USD is not enough. Each month, the family only 2 meals per day. Sadek remember life in Idlib, a city in northwestern Syria. “There is always delicious cakes in the fridge when the family lived in Syria. However, in the new apartment in Armenia, Beirut, we mainly eat rice, pasta and potatoes, “Sadek said.
Blacksmith Syrians – Haco Osman said that he always loved to eat meat – “My family to Lebanon five years ago. In Syria, we often buy meat and stored in the freezer. Now, we can only buy meat once a month. ” Edward Johnson – WFP’s communications officer, said: “When the refugees struggle to survive, they will find ways to earn a living, even for children to sell in the street”.
“93% of refugee families in Lebanon do not have enough food. The family spent all their savings, selling land and assets in Syria and falling into debt. When families do not have money to pay most minimal needs, work to children at work will cause many implications for society. “