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Junior Minister Joe McHugh travelling in region to witness impact of conflict on families
Syrian children at a settlement in Anjar, Lebanon, near the border with Syria, last week. File photograph: Diego Ibarra Sanchez/New York Times
Minister of State for International Development Joe McHugh is travelling across the region this week to see first-hand the impact of the six-year conflict on families and their lives as refugees.
The trip takes place as the Department of Foreign Affairs revealed €70 million has been spent by the State on humanitarian aid in relation to the Syrian crisis since 2012.
Mr McHugh will visit the 336 Irish soldiers serving with the United Nations’ Unifil peacekeeping force in South Lebanon.
“The displacement of millions inside Syria and the flight of millions to neighbouring countries underlines the horrific violence and the appalling suffering caused by this conflict.
“This visit to Jordan and Lebanon is to witness first-hand the situation for Syrian refugees in these countries, and how this has impacted on host communities.”
During the trip Mr McHugh will visit Za’atari refugee camp near the Syrian border in Jordan.
About 80,000 people now live in the near-permanent settlement and almost half a million people have passed through it in the last five years.