Lebanon struggles to shelter and feed over a million Syrian refugees

Failure to meet UN’s appeal for $7.4 billion to deal with the fallout from the Syria conflict has far-reaching consequences

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron  meets Syrian refugee families at a tented settlement camp in the Bekaa Valley on the Lebanese-Syrian border on September 14th. Photograph: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron meets Syrian refugee families at a tented settlement camp in the Bekaa Valley on the Lebanese-Syrian border on September 14th. Photograph: STEFAN ROUSSEAU/AFP/Getty Images

The sandstorm that hit Lebanon recently smothered Beirut in swathes of choking red dust. Scarves covered people’s noses and mouths. With the air hazy and dulled, and temperatures soaring into the late 30s, it was like viewing the world through a sepia lens.

Lebanon is subject to the vagaries of the seasons in a manner Irish people rarely experience.

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