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December 9, 2020

The Role of the Youth in Containing COVID-19

Undeniably, the COVID-19 has posed many challenges globally. Lebanon is not an exception to this pandemic; neither has it been exempted from the infection and effects of Coronavirus. Its impacts are felt especially to the vulnerable groups including refugee children, women and the elderly. Closure of schools has also disrupted children’s ability to learn and interact with others. The containment at homes has added stress on family members. Working from home is also proving to be a hectic task. As Lebanon is adapting to the new situation, many are also at risk of losing their employment.

While so many of us are dealing with new realities created by this pandemic, we make sure SEMA US continues to provide lifesaving care to Lebanon. Our teams of doctors, nurses, logisticians, and other staff are responding to everything, from the spread of COVID-19 to the aftermath of conflict and natural disasters. We continue the impact on our ability to ensure medical care services are uninterrupted — even during a pandemic.

As youth who are yet to be financially capable to help support the healthcare needs of many, they can invest more time on awareness during this time of COVID-19. They should be encouraging the community to practice social distancing, hand hygiene and self-isolation. They can also work with the local government and community based organizations on offering psychosocial support to the affected. They may actively engage in social media campaigns and awareness of the pandemic. Nonetheless, more awareness ought to be directed in ending refugee stigma together with the existing issue on violence against children and women.

SEMA US calls all community members to flatten the curve of COVID-19, as it requires self discipline and awareness to spare the underprivileged communities.

December 3, 2020

Forced to flee: Top 3 countries refugees are coming from

Around the world, 79.5 million people have been forcibly displaced. That’s the most since World War II, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR). Since most people remain displaced within their home country, how many refugees are there in the world? About 26 million people worldwide have fled to other countries as refugees. Another 4.2 million people have applied for refugee status, but not received it yet. More than half of refugees are children.

Here are the top three countries of origin that account for the most refugees in the world today. 

1. Syria — 6.7 million refugees and asylum-seekers

Most Syrians who are refugees because of the Syrian war remain in the Middle East. Turkey hosts 3.6 million, the largest number of refugees hosted by any country in the world. Syrian refugees are also in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. During 2018, 1.4 million refugees returned home to Syria. Returnees face a daunting situation, including lack of infrastructure and services and danger from explosive devices. About 6.2 million Syrians remain displaced inside the country.

2. Venezuela — 4.5 million refugees, asylum-seekers, and people displaced abroad

Years of economic and political instability in Venezuela caused millions of Venezuelans to leave the country between 2014 and the end of 2019. They migrate to seek food, work, and a better life, most of them to nearby countries. Many Venezuelans on the move lack legal status and need international protection and aid.

World Vision provides assistance to Venezuelan migrants in Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru. In Venezuela, we are working through partner organizations to make life better for children and families.

3. Afghanistan — 2.7 million refugees

About 2.7 million people from Afghanistan are living as refugees, representing the second-largest refugee population in the world. Pakistan hosts nearly 1.4 million, including some second- or third-generation Afghan refugees who have never lived in their home country. Some have been forced to return home from neighboring countries, but increased violence in Afghanistan since 2015 has led to a new surge of asylum-seekers. More than 4 million Afghans are displaced within the country due to conflict, drought, and other natural disasters.

How you can help refugees:

  • Pray  for mothers, fathers, and children who struggle to survive as refugees. 
  • Give  to SEMA US to help provide for their medical needs. 
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