Two years after the conflict in Syria began, the fighting continues and intensifies, forcing thousands of Palestinians to flee the camps they lived in there. Already uprooted once, these people have now found refuge in neighbouring Lebanon. Terre des hommes comes to their aid by distributing basic materials and individualized support according to their need.
Last 14th December, the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, giving shelter to 150,000 Palestinians, was the scene of violent clashes. In only one week, nearly 3,000 Palestinians left Yarmouk for Lebanon.
In view of the urgency of the situation, Terre des hommes quickly started a broad action of support for the Palestinian and Syrian displaced persons taken in by the Palestinian refugee camps located in the Tyre area, in the south of the country. Within three days, mattresses, blankets and pillows were distributed by the teams on the ground. A total of 222 families were given help, that is to 1,071 people including 439 children. This sort of intervention is incorporated in the continuity of the work done in the camps, groups and villages of the region. Elsewhere, Tdh will carry on its support for new arrivals by setting up a project financed by the Humanitarian Office of the European Union (ECHO).
Since October 2012, in addition to material aid, Tdh has set up a programme of recreational activities for children, in collaboration with Swiss Solidarity. Like this, more than 1,200 young boys and girls have been able to take part in the various activities, finding a moment when they can smile again.