Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Use Vouchers To Shop For Food
Thousands of Syrians fled to Lebanon during the past months, around 9,000 of them are in the Bekaa Valley. They have lost their homes, livelihoods, and in many cases family members. Some have been in exile for over a year now. They arrived to Lebanon with few assets and little cash and have now depleted their savings.
Arsal is one of the villages of the Bekaa valley that has offered them more than its poor inhabitants can possibly handle. WFP, with its partner, the Danish Refugee Council, is there to help them and their Lebanese hosts get through this hardship. The food agency is providing them with food vouchers as part of a regional emergency in Lebanon, Jordan, and Iraq. The voucher is an innovative way that ensures vulnerable Syrians can go to local shops and buy their own food as and when they need. This way, they are also helping the local economy. Their stories are heartbreaking but they carry also a lot of resilience, dignity, and hope.