Violent Beginnings

Children growing up in Lebanon’s crisis

Refugee girl from Hesbi camp


A barrage of devastating crises in Lebanon is fuelling a rise in the number of children experiencing abuse, exploitation and violence.

Over the last two years, the Lebanese lira has lost more than 90 per cent of its value, causing massive inflation and unemployment, and driving more than 80 percent of the population into multidimensional poverty. Alongside this profound financial freefall, the country is struggling with political instability, the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the August 2020 Beirut Port explosions. Every section of Lebanon’s population is under extraordinary strain, with little sign of respite.


Violent Beginnings: Children growing up in Lebanon’s crisis
UNICEF Lebanon
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