On the occasion of Dhul Hijjah, UNHCR sheds light on the increasing poverty and food insecurity facing refugees, internally displaced people and host communities in Yemen, Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, in light of deteriorating economic conditions.
Until the situation improves in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Jordan, community members in these countries will continue to suffer. They urgently need your generous support to help them secure their basic needs, such as shelter, food, and clean drinking water, at a time when some, especially in Yemen, face the dangers of starvation.
In Yemen, after more than seven years of conflict, more than 4.3 million internally displaced Yemenis, including women, children, and the elderly, are facing a greater risk of food insecurity.
In Iraq, the rise in food prices have affected the purchasing power of internally displaced families, and thousands are facing difficulties each day in providing food for their children.
In Lebanon, more than 97% Syrian refugees suffer from food insecurity, while 90% of them live in extreme poverty. In Jordan, more than 81% of Syrian refugee families live in dire poverty.
UNHCR has launched an urgent appeal during the month of Dhul Hijjah, in preparation for Eid Al Adha, to raise much needed funds through Sadaqah and Zakat contributions, to secure the urgent needs of refugee and host communities in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq, Jordan and beyond in the region, primarily through cash assistance programs implemented by UNHCR to help the most vulnerable and needy families.
Zakat contributions through UNHCR’s Refugee Zakat Fund, where 100% of the donations goes directly to the intended beneficiaries, contribute to meeting the humanitarian needs of the most vulnerable families in Lebanon, Yemen, Iraq and Jordan, and provide food security through cash assistance programs that allow them to buy food and secure water, especially during the hot summer months.
In these blessed days of Hajj and Eid, we invite you to reflect on the conditions of the families in need in Lebanon, Yemen, and the region and dedicate your Zakat or Sadaqah to them through the Refugee Zakat Fund website or mobile application available on the App Store and Google Apps.