UK ambassador to Lebanon Tom Fletcher and UN Development Program Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Lebanon Ross Mountain talk to patients in a health clinic in Barr Elias, Tuesday, April 1, 2014. (The Daily Star/Venetia Rainey)
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The United Kingdom is donating 5 million pounds ($8.3 million) to a U.N. agency working with Syrian refugees in Lebanon, but instead of being for the refugees themselves, the money is earmarked for host communities affected by the crisis.The new donation, which comes on top of more than $200 million the U.K. has already given, will help fund a United Nations Development Program project in the country's poorest areas, targeting basic public services that are collapsing due to the presence of nearly 1 million refugees. Bar Elias is home to 70,000 Syrian refugees, in addition to a local population of around 45,000, and, as with many places elsewhere in the country, the strain is beginning to show.
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