Lebanon, home to more than 1 million Syrian refugees, is reeling from an economic crisis exacerbated by the pandemic and a massive explosion that destroyed parts of the capital last August.
The holy month of Ramadan has made the lives of Syrian refugees in Lebanon even harder amid their host country's economic woes.
The struggle can be more pronounced during the holy month when fasting is typically followed by festive feasting to fill empty stomachs. More people resorted to reducing the size or number of meals, it said.
Refugees are not alone in their pain. The economic turmoil, which is the culmination of years of corruption and mismanagement, has squeezed the Lebanese, plunging 55% of the country’s 5 million people into poverty and shuttering businesses.
This year, Syrians marked the 10th anniversary of the start of the uprising-turned-civil war in their country. Many refugees say they cannot return because their homes were destroyed or they fear retribution.