Triumphant Mercy Lebanon continues to offer Syrian refugees vocational training, business education, and the hope of the Gospel as many return to their war-torn country.
Though the situation in Syria remains difficult, Nuna* of Triumphant Mercy explains that for many, returning seems to be the better option.
“The pressure for them to go back home is increasing,” she explains. “The reality of living in Lebanon is becoming such a hard thing that [they] choose the lesser of two evils.”
The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to deteriorate the situation in Lebanon, encouraging many to return to the country they fled.
“Sometimes it’s easier to go back into your own population, your own land, your family, somebody that you know in Syria who can host you, at least for a time,” Nuna says. “The situation in Lebanon [includes] the economic situation, the political situation, the threats of war or of conflict. There are so many threats that some people are just afraid of actually being here.”
As these refugees attempt to return, they must face a quarantine period because of COVID-19. However, the number trying to enter the country exceeds the capacity for the quarantine facilities, meaning that many simply have to wait.
However, amidst all the uncertainty, Nuna says Triumphant Mercy continues to come alongside these refugees.
“One of the things we’re doing in the center close to the border is preparing them with vocational trainings, some technological teachings, and even talking a lot about business startups,” she explains.
“We’re talking with many people about prospects, how to dream for a better future, and how to prepare for a future. You don’t just have a dream and then keep on dreaming. You have to actually walk through [it] so that they can see that there is a first step, second step, etc.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Rachel Pfeiffer
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