130731 Disability Inclusion in the Syrian Refugee Response in Lebanon

Disability Inclusion in the Syrian Refugee Response in Lebanon
Women’s Refugee Commission 
July 2013

More than 1.6 million refugees have fled Syria since the conflict started two years ago, with almost one-third
seeking protection in Lebanon alone. Persons with disabilities remain one of the most vulnerable and socially
excluded groups in any displaced community, and they may have difficulty accessing humanitarian assistance
programs, due to a variety of societal, environmental and communication barriers. This increases their risk of protection concerns, including violence, abuse and exploitation. As humanitarian agencies scale up responses
to meet the ever-growing and complex needs of populations displaced by the crisis in Syria, it is critical that persons with disabilities are included in and have access to humanitarian assistance and programs.

This report presents the key findings and recommendations from a four-week field assessment conducted
by the Women’s Refugee Commission in northern and eastern Lebanon in March 2013, and follow-up workshops with UNHCR staff and partners conducted in May 2013.