Trapped in a downward spiral

The unrelenting toll of Lebanon’s crisis on children - December 2023

Ali 4 years old getting vaccinated


The persistent and compounding crises in Lebanon are exacting a steadily devastating toll on children nationwide, increasingly stripping them of their education and forcing many into child labour. Desperate parents, grappling with ever-dwindling resources, are forced into a heart-wrenching struggle to keep their families afloat amidst the unrelenting challenges.

The deprivations and uncertainty are leaving children hungry, anxious or depressed. The emotional burden is particularly alarming among children exposed to the recent military escalation on the country’s southern borders, and among Palestinian refugees – many of whom have relatives in Gaza.

A UNICEF rapid assessment, conducted in November 2023,1 reveals further deterioration in almost every aspect of children’s lives, as the four-year-long crisis shows no sign of abating.

Trapped in a downward spiral
UNICEF Lebanon
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