Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Photo credit: APA
Palestinian activists have launched appeals for securing urgently-needed cash for the treatment of a Palestinian baby girl who sustained a hemorrhage shortly after her birth at Dar AlAmal clinic in Baalbek.
The activists said the fees for surgery and a one-night incubator are estimated at nearly 1,200 USD. No contribution has been made so far by UNRWA.
The newborn was urgently transferred to AlBdullah hospital in Baalbek due to lower incubator costs.
UN data indicates that Palestinian refugees in Lebanon continue to face high vulnerability and marginalization, making them heavily reliant on humanitarian support to cover their basic needs. The socio-economic hardships and unrest experienced by the country have compounded the refugees’ already dire living conditions.
The majority of the Palestinian refugee population in Lebanon live in poverty and are unable to meet even their most essential food requirements.
The refugees’ vulnerability is further compounded by their precarious legal status. The lack of a valid legal status, often coupled with outdated civil registration documents, results in severely restricted freedom of movement for some PRS in Lebanon due to fear of arrest, detention or forced deportation.