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Reference : V-P-LB-E-01380
Date : 07/2015
Country/Region : LEBANON
Caption : On the edge of Ras Baalbek. Abu Khaled sits with his family in their tent.
Photographer : BAYDOUN, Hussein
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “For three years we suffered. We were hungry, so hungry. We couldn’t find a job that would enable us to feed our children. There was nothing to make me look forward to the next day. At some point we had to use engine oil to light a fire just to keep warm.” The pain is still visible in Abu Khaled's eyes. “We were completely dependent on the generosity of our neighbours and on the little that God gave us. I wouldn't want anyone to experience what I've been through.” “This livelihood project has changed our lives radically. Today, I have my own home. It may only be a tent, but at least it’s mine and I can provide for my family.”

ICRC website, photo gallery of the 2nd November:
“They are Lebanese. Decades ago, their ancestors settled in Syria. When war broke out in 2011, they fled Syria to their country of origin, leaving behind their homes and their belongings; their entire lives. As Lebanese nationals, they are not eligible for refugee aid, yet many of them endure the same hardships and are in dire need of assistance.
At the end of 2014, the ICRC began providing Lebanese returnees with cash assistance for a period of six months. And to help about 20 particularly vulnerable returnee families to start earning a living, the ICRC has been working with local NGO Jihad Al-Bina'a, providing goats and training so that people can produce and sell goats' milk and other dairy products.
The ICRC has also coordinated with the High Relief Commission (a Lebanese government agency), the International Organization for Migration and UNHCR to aid vulnerable Lebanese returnees who are not receiving any other help.
The ICRC hopes to help them regain a little bit of economic independence, boosting their self-confidence and restoring their dignity.”
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Orientation : landscape
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