Development and Peace has been present in Lebanon since 1975, when civil war broke out.
Although the war officially ended in 1990 and numerous reconstruction efforts are in place, peace in Lebanon remains to be consolidated.
Development and Peace and its partners continue to successfully lead an innovative peace movement, which among other things, relies on training peace leaders, encouraging peaceful communication and promoting non-violent solutions.
The conflict in Syria has had important repercussions for neighbouring countries, including Lebanon. This small nation of 4.4 million people has received about 1.5 million refugees, including more than 1 million from Syria.
Caritas Lebanon, with support from Development and Peace and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), is providing much-needed medical services to Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
With the civil war in Syria showing no signs of abating, those who fled their homes and became refugees in neighbouring countries, continue to wonder if they will ever be able to return to their homeland, while others continue to make the heart wrenching decision to leave to escape the violence at their doorsteps.
Over 200,000 Syrians are fleeing their country each and every month to seek refuge in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt.
When 154 members of the United Nations General Assembly, including Canada, voted in favour of a universal Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) on April 2nd, 2013, it was a historic step towards instilling a culture of peace worldwide.
In response to the ongoing crisis in Syria, the Caritas Internationalis network has mobilized to bring aid to the most affected in the region. Development and Peace is contributing $50,000 to Caritas Liban for a humanitarian aid program to help Syrian refugees in Lebanon.