Wednesday 18 October 2017

Donncha lends helping hand to refugees

Mark O'Regan

Mark O'Regan

MUNSTER rugby star Donncha O'Callaghan has returned home after helping UNICEF Ireland highlight an escalating humanitarian crisis in Lebanon, where he saw first-hand the dire situation facing Syrian refugees.

The civil war in Syria has left nearly six million displaced from their homes.

O'Callaghan visited makeshift settlements in the Bekaa region of Lebanon, the country that hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees.

Up to one million people are in need of humanitarian assistance in Lebanon.

UNICEF is providing refugees with supplies and health, nutrition and hygiene programmes.

O'Callaghan said that the conditions "shocked me to my core". He added: "Conditions for Syrian children in Lebanon are dire."

NO REPRO FEE released 10/6/2013 UNICEF Ireland Humanitarian Mission to Lebanon. Irish rugby star and UNICEF Ireland Ambassador Donncha O'Callaghan has returned home from a humanitarian mission to Lebanon with UNICEF Ireland where he saw first-hand the dire situation for Syrian children and their families. The crisis that has left more than 70,000 people dead and nearly six million displaced from their homes. Accompanied by UNICEF staff and UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power, Donncha visited makeshift settlements in the Bekaa region of Lebanon, the country that hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world. He also visited various locations in the region that provide psychosocial activities and mobile schools for children and teenagers affected by the conflict. Donncha is pictured with siblings, four-year-old Mohmoud and five-year-old Kawthar in a tented settlement at border area in Akkar. The number of those arriving from Syria is growing dramatically, with more than 100,000 crossing the border each month. The resources of Lebanese host communities, the Government, and humanitarian organisations are being stretched to the limit. To donate please visit www.UNICEF.ie or call 1850 767 999. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland
NO REPRO FEE released 10/6/2013 UNICEF Ireland Humanitarian Mission to Lebanon. Irish rugby star and UNICEF Ireland Ambassador Donncha O'Callaghan has returned home from a humanitarian mission to Lebanon with UNICEF Ireland where he saw first-hand the dire situation for Syrian children and their families. The crisis that has left more than 70,000 people dead and nearly six million displaced from their homes. Accompanied by UNICEF staff and UNICEF Ireland Executive Director Peter Power, Donncha visited makeshift settlements in the Bekaa region of Lebanon, the country that hosts the largest number of Syrian refugees in the world. He also visited various locations in the region that provide psychosocial activities and mobile schools for children and teenagers affected by the conflict. Donncha is pictured with siblings, four-year-old Mohmoud and five-year-old Kawthar in a tented settlement at border area in Akkar. The number of those arriving from Syria is growing dramatically, with more than 100,000 crossing the border each month. The resources of Lebanese host communities, the Government, and humanitarian organisations are being stretched to the limit. To donate please visit www.UNICEF.ie or call 1850 767 999. Photo: Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland

UNICEF Ireland director Peter Power said that the agency "urgently need donations" to provide assistance in the crisis.

Irish Independent

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