Singer Dua Lipa visits children uprooted by Syria’s conflict

UNICEF supporter and singer/songwriter Dua Lipa visits children in an informal settlement near Terbol in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, April 13, 2019. A seven-year-old in Syria today has known nothing but war -- a brutal, relentless conflict that has uprooted 5.4 million children, forcing them from their homes, often multiple times and across the border as refugees. There are over 2.6 million children living as refugees in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. The Lebanese people have generously hosted hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees since the start of the conflict. There are close to 1 million registered Syrian refugees in Lebanon. More than half of them (550,000) are children. On 15 April 2019, Grammy-winning recording artist and UNICEF supporter Dua Lipa travelled to Lebanon this week to meet children and young people supported by UNICEF, including many uprooted by the eight-year conflict in Syria. While in Lebanon, Lipa spoke to vulnerable children and young people about the obstacles they face in their daily lives, in obtaining an education, and in finding jobs and opportunities. As part of her visit, Lipa visited projects implemented in Terbol informal settlement in the Bekaa valley by Lebanese NGO LOST (Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training), a UNICEF youth partner organization. Lebanon is host to more than 1 million Syrian refugees, including around 500,000 children, many of whom have faced violence and exploitation, and continue to struggle to receive adequate health care or education. She also visited Burj el Barajneh Palestinian camp, where she spent time with Palestinian and Syrian children receiving psychosocial support and taking early childhood development courses. This is Lipa’s first trip with UNICEF. The London-born, singer-songwriter is the daughter of Kosovar-Albanian parents who fled the conflict and political instability in the Balkans in 1992. Her family later returned to Kosovo with then 11-year old Lipa after securit

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Dua Lipa traveled to Lebanon with UNICEF this week to meet children and young people who were uprooted by the eight-year conflict in Syria. There are more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, including around 500,000 children, many of whom do not have access to adequate health care or education.

The Grammy award winner spoke to young people there about the obstacles they face and visited projects in Terbol informal settlement in the Bekaa valley by Lebanese NGO LOST (Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training), a UNICEF youth partner organization. She also visited the Burj el Barajneh Palestinian camp, where she spent time with Palestinian and Syrian children receiving psychosocial support.

The cause hits close to home for Lipa, whose Kosovar-Albanian parents fled the political turmoil in the Balkans in the early 1990s. 

“This is personal for me. My parents fled a war-torn region and built a life for themselves in a new place. And each one of the refugee children I met has parents just like my own, who have tried to make the best decisions they could for their families,” Lipa said in a statement. “I feel lucky that I was given a chance, especially from an immigrant family, to have been born in the UK and been able to live my dream, because I had that opportunity and I feel like every other child should have that opportunity too. To be able to be in a place where they can thrive and be the best version of themselves.”

Via Billboard

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