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Syrian refugee appeal

For Syria’s frightened and hard-pressed refugees in Lebanon, a simple mattress is often the most important thing they possess. It’s their table and sofa as well as the bed they sleep on.

Thousands of Syrian refugee children like Amala, right, are sleeping on rotting mattresses that are filthy and infested with bed bugs. With nothing else to sleep on, it’s these children who are most at risk from the spread of disease and scabies.

Give just £12 today to provide a hygienic mattress to a child in urgent need of comfort and security.

 
 
A blanket costs £7
 
A mattress costs £12
 
A hygiene kit costs £26
 
A family food voucher costs £40
 

7.8 million Syrians are now refugees or classed as internally displaced. Of this unimaginable number, it is estimated nearly two million have fled to Lebanon, a country roughly the size of Devon and Cornwall.

 

Lebanon's population has swollen by a quarter and they are now facing the nightmare of coping with the extreme pressures and tensions of giving shelter to the highest concentration of refugees per capita in the world.

 
For Syria’s frightened and hard-pressed refugees taking shelter wherever they can the simple things are the most important.  For instance, because of worsening conditions, including long lasting winters, thousands of Syrian refugee children are sleeping on rotting mattresses that are filthy, infested with bed bugs and impossible to dry out. 
 
Jamie Eyre, our Head of Programmes and Partnerships, visited the Bekaa Valley earlier this year and saw how valuable a clean mattress is for refugee families:
 
'A mattress is their table for meals, a sofa for sitting on and the bed they sleep on. Our Christian partner has found many refugee families suffering from infestations in their mattresses, some are so rotten and mouldy. As they have nothing else, they keep using them and end up getting sick and suffering with scabies.'

Please read our statement on our support of refugees.
Statstics from UNHCR: Syria, Lebanon.