Donncha lends helping hand to refugees
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."
UNICEF Ireland director Peter Power said that the agency "urgently need donations" to provide assistance in the crisis.