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Eid al-Adha’s joy eludes Syrian refugees in Lebanon amid COVID-19 outbreak, economic crisis



Eid al-Adha’s joy eludes Syrian refugees in Lebanon amid COVID-19 outbreak, economic crisis

Farida Al-Hamidi, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, can hardly feel the joy of Eid al-Adha, one of the most significant Islamic festivals of the year, with difficulty in livelihood amid the COVID-19 outbreak and economic collapse.

Supporting a family of four, this woman in her 50s told Xinhua that she is worried about the future as her husband deserted her six years ago.

“The joy of Eid al-Adha has disappeared. We are going through the worst moments with humiliation, poverty and hunger … We also have to experience the outbreak of COVID-19,” she said, gazing at a few chickens and a skinny goat, her only sources of livelihood, as she makes a living by selling eggs.

Sabah Al-Sousi, another Syrian refugee in Lebanon, supports a family of seven after her husband was fired from a butcher shop over the coronavirus crisis.

“I have been working for several years in cleaning houses in return for 30,000 Lebanese pounds per day, which is equivalent to less than four United States dollars now, according to the dollar price in the black market in Lebanon,” she said.

The woman noted that she only works about three days a week for the moment because Lebanese housewives prefer not to employ Syrians after COVID-19 infections rose among Syrian refugees.

Lebanon has hosted around 1.5 million Syrian refugees since the eruption of the civil war in neighboring Syria, with most of the refugees living in 400 camps scattered in different areas of the country.

“Refugees are facing high prices and the COVID-19 outbreak. They have no choice but to be patient and wait for the destiny that awaits them,” Abu Moujahed, head of Ain el Arab camp in southern Lebanon, told Xinhua.

The markets where they can afford their needs have closed amid the pandemic, he said.

“The weakening of the Lebanese pound has exacerbated our suffering. Our living conditions have become very difficult,” Asaad Abu Ali, a Syrian refugee who moved from Idlib in Syria to El Khardali camp in southern Lebanon, told Xinhua.

Lebanon has been witnessing the worst economic crisis amid the shortage in United States dollars, while the coronavirus pandemic has worsened the situation as people can no longer gather during Eid al-Adha.


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