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Supporting Lebanese women as well as Syrians | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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Supporting Lebanese women as well as Syrians

Riyan*, aged 19, is from northern Lebanon. She is in college but also recieving vocational training in how to make fishing nets as part of a co-operative supported by the International Rescue Committee and UK aid. She wants to go to university and is hoping that the income she can make from selling fishing nets will help her to pay for her studies.


Some UK-funded aid programmes are supporting both Syrian refugees and vulnerable Lebanese citizens, in order to help community relations in the country. More than a quarter of Lebanon's population is now made up of Syrian refugees, meaning there is huge pressure on - and competition for - jobs and services.


The UK has committed over £1 billion to help those affected by the conflict in Syria - our largest ever response to a humanitarian crisis. This funding is providing support including food, medical care and relief items for over a million people - people who have been affected by the fighting but are still inside Syria and those who have fled the country and become refugees in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq.


*Name has been changed for protection.


Picture: Russell Watkins/DFID

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Taken on November 6, 2013