Deprived childhoods

Child poverty in crisis-wracked Lebanon

Omar, 6, a third-generation Palestinian refugee who was born in Lebanon, opens the door to his home in Burj al Barajneh informal settlement


New UNICEF data and findings reveal just how profoundly children’s lives have been devastated by Lebanon’s massive crisis that plunged children across the country into poverty, affecting their health, welfare and education, shattering their hopes and breaking down family relationships.

Three years of economic crisis, compounded by COVID-19, the 2020 Beirut Port explosions and political instability have left all families living in Lebanon struggling to survive, with severe consequences for children.

Soaring prices and widespread unemployment have plunged numerous families into multidimensional poverty – a concept that considers not simply income levels but a wide range of deprivations – limiting their ability to provide for their children’s basic needs.

Deprived Childhoods
UNICEF Lebanon
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