NEW YORK, 11 January 2013 – UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow will visit Lebanon next week to meet refugees from the conflict in Syria. As part of her mission she will appeal for additional international assistance as the needs and numbers of those fleeing Syria continue to rise.
The visit of the internationally acclaimed actress to Lebanon comes just days after one of the region’s worst storms battered the country, bringing with it flooding and freezing temperatures, adding to the difficulties already faced by thousands of refugees. Most are living in make-shift shelters and tents or with host families who are often struggling themselves.
To date, over 600,000 people have fled the violence and insecurity in Syria for neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. Lebanon is hosting the largest number, with almost 200,000 people registered or awaiting registration. About half of the refugees are children.
During her two-day visit, Ms. Farrow will travel to two locations close to the Syrian border, Wadi Khaled in the North and the Bekaa valley. She will speak with both the refugees and host families and visit UNICEF-supported child-friendly spaces, where children who have witnessed the horrors of the conflict are provided with psycho-social support, including counseling. Ms. Farrow will also help distribute winter clothing while there as many of the refugees fled Syria with very few belongings.
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For further information, please contact:
Malene Kamp Jensen, UNICEF New York,
Tel +1 212 303 7970 / Mobile + 1 917 476 1635
Soha Bsat Boustani, UNICEF Beirut,
Tel + 961-1756101 (ext. 2062) / Mobile +961 70931700