Official Statement: COVID19 Worsens Palestinian Refugees’ Dire Situation
August 12, 2020
The recent few weeks have witnessed an increased novel COVID19 virus infections inside the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon. The virus outbreak coincides with a notable shortage in the basic medical and health needs.
Given that the Palestinian refugee camps in both Syria and Lebanon are especially vulnerable crowded poor spaces with limited access to running water, pharmacies and medical facilities makes thousands of the refugees more susceptible to the spread of the highly infectious virus.
In Lebanon, the recent explosion that has overwhelmed the general scene led to the entire country on both official and community levels to get fully busy with the consequences of the crisis with less attention to the COVID19 prevention procedures including the easing of the general mobilization action in particular.
Furthermore, those who are contracted the virus are home-quarantined and kept isolated from sharing space with others. However, these necessary safety procedures have made the situation of many households including children, even more unbearable as they don’t find ways anymore to access to basic needs including food and medicine.
The aforementioned data shed light on the need for an urgent response to provide emergency supplies for households inside the camps.
Jafra Foundation for Relief and Youth Development urges all local and international organizations able, to assist those civilians living inside the Palestinian refugee camps in Syria and Lebanon. In order to prevent additional suffering for those civilians inside their camps, it is necessary to act quickly.
Jafra Foundation for Relief and Youth Development