Photo: Oriol Andrés Gallart/Oxfam Strong winds blew the roof off the shelter that housed Yehia, a farmer from Syria, and his family.
As the icy driving rain leaked into their flimsy tent and the blustering wind rocked their makeshift home in Chekka northern Lebanon, wide-eyed Raneem, 6, huddled against her mother, unable to sleep. A major storm is sweeping through the region bringing new misery to thousands of Syrian refugees like Raneem.
You might know her as the prim and proper eldest sister from award-winning period drama “Downton Abbey”, but recently, Michelle Dockery took on a decidedly different role: The star travelled to Jordan to visit refugees from Syria with Oxfam.
The Syria Crisis has forced a large number of people to flee into neighbouring countries. In Lebanon, the refugee population has risen from 100,000 in December last year to nearly one million. Meanwhile, Jordan has registered more than 550,000 Syrians.
Dockery made her visit with Oxfam Great Britain last month and yesterday launched Oxfam’s 12 Days of Giving appeal in the UK to help raise £1 million for the emergency response to the Syria Crisis.