On Friday, Lebanon’s UN Resident and Coordinator for Lebanon, Najat Rochdi, addressed the recent rise in hatred towards Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
In a statement, she reiterated that “the protection of refugees is a humanitarian and moral imperative and lies at the heart of all humanitarian actions.”
She thanked the Lebanese people and authorities for hosting the refugees during these hard times.
Ms. Rochdi reiterated the United Nations’ commitment to supporting Lebanon through the Lebanon Crisis Response Plan (LCRP) and the Emergency Response Plan (ERP) that has increased with the surge in poverty levels in the country.
From 2021 to May 2022, the UN aided over 1.6 million Lebanese in cash, food, health, education, and other forms of assistance, as well as over 200 municipalities.
The coordinator ended her statement by tackling the upsurge in resentment towards Syrian refugees:
“As such, I call on everyone to refrain from fueling the media and social media with negative sentiments and hatred, and I count on all to continue to display the spirit of solidarity and mutual respect in these difficult times.”