Maronite News - Washington, D.C.- On Tuesday, November 19, 2019, In Defense of Christians and the Maronite Foundation in the World released a study titled, Displaced Syrians in Lebanon, at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.
Earlier in the day, the report was presented in briefings to the White House and the State Department.
The case study was a collaborative project between In Defense of Christians and the Maronite Foundation in an effort to present the quantitative impact that the displaced Syrian population has had in Lebanon since 2011.
Evidence released in the report counters traditionally accepted figures from institutions such as the UNHCR.
Many issues were addressed in the study, specifically the impact on Lebanon’s economy, such as the 40% youth unemployment rate, 48% average funding gap (2013-2018), and the increased stress on already depleting water sources. Important figures from the report also include:
IDC Vice President Tonia Khouri echoed similar sentiments when stating, “It is imperative that the Lebanese Government and the international community have a plan to solve the current crisis in Lebanon due to the 2.1 million Displaced Syrians before the damaging results are irreversible."