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Mia Farrow Reports from Lebanon

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow is in Lebanon to meet refugees from the conflict in Syria, as the needs and numbers of those fleeing continue to rise. She is blogging from the field, and you can follow her posts at http://unicef.tumblr.com/. She will also be participating in a Twitter chat tomorrow, Tuesday, January 15, at 1:00 P.M. EST. You can join the conversation by using the hashtag #AskMia. Ms. Farrow’s Twitter account is @MiaFarrow.

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Mia Farrow views flood damage in Haiti in 2008. ©UNICEF/NYHQ2008-0738/Roger LeMoyne

Ms. Farrow’s visit comes just days after terrible storms battered the region, bringing flooding and freezing temperatures and adding to the difficulties already faced by thousands of refugees. Most are living in makeshift shelters and tents or with host families who are often struggling themselves.

To date, over 600,000 people have fled the violence and insecurity in Syria for neighboring Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Iraq. Lebanon is hosting the largest number of refugees, with almost 200,000 people registered or awaiting registration. About half of the refugees are children.

During her two-day visit, Ms. Farrow will travel to two locations close to the Syrian border, Wadi Khaled in the North and the Bekaa valley. She will speak with both the refugees and host families and visit UNICEF-supported child-friendly spaces, where children who have witnessed the horrors of the conflict receive psychosocial support and counseling. Many of those who fled came with very few belongings, and Ms. Farrow will also help distribute winter clothing.

2 Comments

  1. Dee Poulos
    Posted January 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    I would very much like to help Ms. Farrow in collecting shoes, coats, blankets, etc. that are much needed for the refugees of the Syrian conflict. I live in California and welcome the opportunity to help these children erase the horrors of this deadly conflict.

  2. UNICEF USA
    Posted January 29, 2013 at 11:06 am | Permalink

    Thank you so much for wanting to help, Dee! At the moment, UNICEF is not collecting winter clothing on Mia Farrow’s behalf in California. But there are other ways you can help. You can inform people about the terrible situation for children in Syria by passing along this blog post via Facebook, Twitter, or email. We have a Syria information page that you can share as well: http://www.unicefusa.org/work/emergencies/syria/
    You can also make a donation to UNICEF that goes specifically to help children who are affected by the crisis in Syria. Here is the donation page: http://www.unicefusa.org/syria
    Thank you so much for helping! It’s people like who make a real difference in the lives of children.

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