UN announces Emergency Response Plan for Lebanon

The UN said in a statement, the United Nations on Friday outlined their Emergency Response Plan (ERP) for Lebanon, aimed at providing essential support to 1.1 million Lebanese among the most vulnerable.

According to the Xinhua, the ERP includes 119 projects for a total of 383 million U.S. dollars, and the UN estimates that around 78 percent of the Lebanese population (3 million people) live below the poverty line, prompting the organization to launch a series of humanitarian programs to ease people’s suffering.

LEBANON-Beirut city

The Xinhua mentioned, This plan focuses on supporting the most vulnerable population in the sectors of education, food security, health, nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection and protection against gender-based violence.

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The UN Deputy Special Coordinator for Lebanon Najat Rochdi said at a news conference in Beirut: “In my recent field visits, I met children, young and old Lebanese men and women. Their stories were heartbreaking, sometimes outrageous and shocking.”

The Xinhua  noted, Lebanon has been going through an unprecedented financial crisis with the local currency depreciating by over 90 percent, limiting people’s ability to afford their basic needs.

Source: xinhua