A Syrian refugee and her son peel potatoes outside their tent in eastern Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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In the waiting room of the Makhzoumi Foundation's nutrition clinic, two babies sat on their father's lap squealing and babbling while their mother talked to the doctors.The World Food Program currently supports some 750,000 vulnerable Syrian refugees in Lebanon with $27 per person per month through a cash card system. The aim of this is to help refugee households meet basic nutritional requirements. However, with doctors and aid agencies reporting a rise in malnutrition, more is needed to prevent hunger.The plight is also widespread with some 32 percent of Syrian refugees in Lebanon having inadequate diets and lacking variety or quantity of nutritious food, the report found.Aid agencies estimate two-thirds of Syrian refugees in the country are unable to maintain legal status and restrictions on work permits leave refugees increasingly vulnerable and impoverished.In 2016, 93 percent of households were estimated to have some food insecurity – 4 percent more than in 2015 – meaning that more families are dependent on food vouchers and other forms of assistance in order to eat.
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