Snapshot: ‘Young Syrian refugee’, by Sam Tarling

The IRC has set up community classes for Syrian refugee children in Lebanon

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There are more than half a million Syrian refugee children living in Lebanon, and more than 300,000 of them do not attend any sort of school. With no formal refugee camps, many families are living in apartments, abandoned buildings and tents, in areas where schools are often full.

The International Rescue Committee, a global humanitarian charity that works to save and rebuild lives shattered by war and disaster, is this year’s Financial Times seasonal appeal partner. As part of its work with the most vulnerable Syrian refugee groups, IRC is setting up community classes in Lebanon for children who may have missed years of schooling. The child in the photograph above is jumping outside a tent that has recently become an IRC-run community education centre in a refugee settlement near the town of Tal Abas in northern Lebanon.

Donations to the FT appeal will be matched by the UK government, with all matched funding going towards IRC’s work with Syrian refugees.

To read more about the appeal and to donate, visit

Slideshow photographs: Sam Tarling

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