Bill FrelickMarch 24, 2013 08:53
Commentary: Lebanon needs financial aid to keep its refugee program from backsliding.
A Syrian refugee child stands outside the shanty rented by her parents in a poor neighborhood of the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli on March 7, 2013. A significant number of Syrians have fled their country since deadly civil strife erupted just over two years ago, but now the focus has turned to financial aid as some of the refugee programs struggle to deal with the growing number of those displaced by the conflict. (Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON — Human rights advocates generally criticize governments for falling short and feel no need to credit them for acting the way they are supposed to. Having just returned from Lebanon, however, and seen its response to the Syrian refugee crisis, I will jettison my usual reticence.