It is exactly three years since Alfred and I went with Sandra Cederholm to look at the conditions in the Syrian refugee camps in Lebanon for the first time. Not much has changed during the 22 trips we have had.
The refugee children in Lebanon are still living in extremely difficult conditions. Almost impossible to understand for anyone who has not experienced this up close, something we have have experienced in over 20 trips over the past three years.
Burning days in the Beka Valley, 32 degrees in the shade. Great for those who have cold water and air conditioning in the car, tough for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees living in the lousy camp camps.
Little Alaa was only 4 months before he died last week. Under miserable living conditions the little body was unable to make it.
Last week was the worst in this crisis’ history regarding the weather and camp conditions.
About 30 children and others have received medical help from Abri Aid this time, the mission works very well due to the close and good cooperation with local authorities.
At Abri Aid mission number 16 to Lebanon, we managed to handle 27 medical cases. This is a lot in two days, but still a drop in the big ocean.
I met many new refugees along the Syrian border in Lebanon this week. Primarily children and adolescents, who need immediate medical help.
There have been some troubled and stressed days in the Bekaa Valley this week, and the danger of a major war is imminent.
Lars Petter and I have been along the Syria border in Lebanon this winter together with Ingeborg, Cecilie and Malena, three 17 year old students from Stavanger, Norway.