Doha: The fifth round of relief allocated by Qatar Red Crescent (QRC) has been distributed to Syrian families in Friesian, the Mount Lebanon Governorate, in the presence of UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Antَnio Guterres.
Guterres thanked the Emir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani for the government’s efforts to mitigate the suffering of refugees.
So far, more than 2,000 of targeted 24,000 families have benefited from Qatari aid, each receiving five bed mattresses, five woollen blankets, one hygiene kit, one tarpaulin sheet, and one heater with attached funnels and containers, in addition to heating oil coupons.
Saleh bin Ali Al Mohannadi, Secretary-General, QRC, said, “QRC remains dedicated to its duties and committed to standing by our Syrian brothers in their tragedy. We spare no effort to alleviate their suffering until they return home in complete security and with untouched dignity.”
Distribution campaigns continue across Lebanon under the supervision of QRC and in cooperation with the Office of UNHCR as part of an agreement with UNHCR, in which QRC pledged to provide $20m worth of international-standard relief. Under the deal signed last December, the UN agency undertakes distribution of Qatari aid across Lebanon.
During interviews with some families on the sidelines of the event, one elderly woman talked about how she and her family had been living in sever distress for six months in Lebanon, hardly finding food and warmth, before she received aid for the first time.
Aid distribution is an attempt to change the difficult situation facing refugees, worsened by the bitter cold in the region.
The Emiri grant was welcomed by families, most of whom received aid for the first time. The Peninsula