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Reference : V-P-LB-E-01385
Date : 07/2015
Country/Region : LEBANON
Caption : Ras Baalbek. Um Mohammad prepares Kishik with her two daughters.
Photographer : BAYDOUN, Hussein
Confidentiality level : public
Publication restrictions : publication without restrictions
Copyright : ICRC
Description : “When we sold our products for the first time our lives changed completely," explains Lina. "Not just financially but above all psychologically. We felt a powerful sense of relief and a peace of mind that we hadn't known for almost four years. The day after we sold our first batch of dairy products, we were buzzing around like bees. We had regained our motivation to take control of our lives,” she concludes, as she sits down with her mother and sister to prepare kishik, a traditional Lebanese porridge made from wheat fermented with goats' yogurt that they sell in the market.

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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