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Crisis of vengeful orphaned Syrians looms, Christian aid workers warn

Heart for Lebanon has told Premier it's concerned Middle Eastern attitudes towards shame and honour could contribute to youngsters being "brainwashed" into seeking revenge for lost relatives.

The group is appealing for help to help refugees, many of them women and children, fleeing the war-torn country and arriving in refugee camps in neighbouring Lebanon.

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While staff are distributing sugar, grain, milk and toiletries, they're also highlighting the importance of emotional and spiritual healing.

Founder of Heart for Lebanon, Camille Melki, told Premier people - many of whom have experienced trauma - are seeking answers to crisis they are facing and a God who "helps, forgives and cares" for them.

He said: "When you're talking about spiritual healing, you're talking about forgiveness. You're talking about love, you're taking about acceptance of others, you're talking about diversity. It's very important."

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Camille added: It's very important for us because if we don't work on that level we are not only dealing with the crisis of today but we are also preparing ourselves, God-forbid, for another crisis in another couple of generations time.

"We're talking about children that would grow up being brainwashed and being sent off to avenge a way, to restore the honour of the family that was taken and robbed away from them."

Heart for Lebanon says many people they have seen arrive from Syria have come only with the clothes on their backs.

The Christian group is asking for help to support 50 families in the Fayda camp near the Syrian border and says a £56 package will help them and their partners provide things like food, hygiene packs, Bible studies, counselling and prayer support where appropriate.

You can listen to Camille Melk from Heart for Lebanon speaking with Premier's Alex Williams by clicking here:

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