The Catholic bishops’ conferences of Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia signed an agreement with the head of Caritas Lebanon on Monday to grant 450,000 euros aid to refugees in Lebanon.
The document was signed at the headquarters of the Hungarian Bishops’ Conference in Budapest.
Cardinal Péter Erdő, Archbishop of Esztergom-Budapest, said the refugees in Lebanon were living amid extremely difficult circumstances but they hoped to return home.
“We would like to confirm their hopes and ease their everyday problems” with the aid, he added.
Caritas Lebanon leader Paul Karam expressed thanks and said the money would be used mostly for health services, as well as for accommodation and food for refugees and local residents who face increasingly difficult conditions because of the refugee crisis. They also plan to organise evening schools for children in the refugee camps, he added.
As we wrote on November, Hungary is paying several million euros in support to Lebanon, which has been heavily struck by the migration crisis, and offers all political support to enable Syrian refugees in Lebanon to return home, Justice Minister László Trócsányi said on Friday after a two-day visit in Lebanon.