Syrian Refugees Personified: Resilient and Active, or Vulnerable and Dependent?
Syrian refugees are often described in general terms as impoverished masses, dependent on aid and struggling to survive in their countries of refuge. Armin Awad, UNCHR’s Director of the Middle East and North Africa Bureau, recently reported, “Syrian refugees in Lebanon are barely coping. They remain extremely vulnerable and dependent on aid from the international community. Without continued support, their situation would be appalling.” At the same time, examples abound of re