Delegation of the European Union to Syria

Walking with Ali: Making life easier for refugees with disabilities

28/06/2016 - 01:00
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The crisis in Syria has displaced millions over more than five years. While thousands of Syrian refugees have fled to Europe, the vast majority of more than 4.8 million displaced Syrians have remained in the Middle East, seeking refuge in neighbouring countries such as Lebanon. Some stay because they do not wish to venture too far from their homeland, but for many others, the perilous journey and the financial burden attached to it make it impossible to travel any further. In Lebanon, more than one quarter of the population is now composed of refugees from Syria. To say that life in a refugee settlement is difficult is an understatement. But living with a disability in a makeshift shelter adds layers of challenge that could make an already tough situation simply unbearable. Medair, with support from the European Commission provides personalised assistance to refugees living with disabilities and to the elderly; this includes beds, paved walkways, handrails and furniture that allow for greater comfort and freedom of movement. Read more about the EU's humanitarian assistance to Syrian refugees. #SupportRefugees Story: © MEDAIR/Bethany Williams/Kate Kardol