Category: World / January 15, 2013 10:41 AM EST
UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow visited Syrian refugees in northern Lebanon on Monday (January 14) on a mission to bring attention to some 190,000 Syrians who have fled into the country since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad began nearly two years ago.
Farrow visited the area of Wadi Khaled in Lebanon, close to the border with Syria, where thousands of Syrians are now sheltering either in makeshift tents or with host families.
"200,000 people have suddenly come in to Lebanon and they are in the poorest areas and also scattered, so it is very difficult for UNICEF, UNHCR, to address all of the problems and the medical problems are real issues too because they can't get treatment," said Farrow after meeting some of the Syrian families.
"Many of the women I just spoke to had family members who needed medical attention and they did not know how to go about it, they did not have any money to pay. They have to pay rent to the host families but they don't have that money, so it is really really hard," she added.
Farrow said many of the refugees had experienced significant trauma and were facing a dire situation allowing for tensions and resentment to build.
"It is really the tension of families living under these condition without work, and resentment builds up and people are frustrated and people are grieving. A lot of trauma is what I saw, people are really traumatised and quite desperate," she said.
More than 60,000 people have died in the conflict so far, and nearly 600,000 have been registered as refugees.