Cat at Lebanese Refugee Camp for Syrians

This is just a snapshot of a red tabby and white cat at the doorway to a tent in the Lebanese Bekaa Valley refugee camp for displaced Syrians escaping the war in their country.

Cat in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

Cat in a Syrian refugee camp in Lebanon

The image quality is poor but I wanted to know whether there are cats in these sprawling refugee camps. Apparently there are. Perhaps a Syrian lady brought her cat all the way from Syria. Perhaps this is a Lebanese tabby and white moggie that wondered into the camp and settled at one tent where the occupiers warmed to him.

It is freezing cold in the Bekaa Valley in December and there is little money coming in to feed the refugees. There is a lack of political will and a lack of promised funds getting through.

I am sure that this red tabby and white cat eats very badly. I wonder what he lives off? The refugees collect snow and melt it for drinking water and for cooking. They burn whatever they can get their hands on to keep warm and to cook. What are his chances of survival?

It is a sad scene. This is a harsh life for a domestic cat and his caretaker.

This is where the Lebanese Bekaa Valley is:

Bekaa Valley, Hechmech, Bekaa, Lebanon

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Cat at Lebanese Refugee Camp for Syrians — 8 Comments

  1. It can warm the soul, and what can be more soothing than that? When I have been cold and hungry, it gave me hope. Now I will be still, and read these and other comments. It is good to be back, spirits uplifted. We are so very fortunate to be here, warm and fed, reading these tender thoughts.
    Thank you, Michael and friends!

    • God, we are so fortunate as you say. A lot of the time we don’t really appreciate it. I feel bad about these refugees. Going off topic, the Syrian women seem to be very attractive, and to see them living such harsh lives that will age them early is sad. I noticed how beautiful some of the women were! And that is without makeup.

  2. I haven’t read comments yet. I was just thinking that it may give the refugees hope to care for a warm and gentle creature such as this little beast. If they can keep him/her warm and fed, then their is certainly hope.

    • Yes, both refugee and cat are their to survive under difficult conditions. Together they can survive more easily, which is the way it has always been and the reason for the domestication of the cat. I think too it makes the home – a tent – more homely and agreeable. It normalizes things a little bit.

  3. The first thing I thought about Dee is the happiness and warmth this cat is surely bringing to some of those poor refugees. If it is a stray, it can surely feed itself and if not, its naturally instincts will surely kick in. Cats can eat insects and small vermin that humans probably wouldn’t be eating. I think it’s a benefit to both cat and human. It is sad that they are there at all, but cats tend to brighten up even the worst situation.

    • Nice point, Dan, which crossed my mind too. The refugees have adopted this cat and vice versa. I am sure the people gain some comfort from their cat and some warmth at night. You could argue that a refugee camp is a ideal place for community cats because they can keep the rodent population down just as they did when first domesticated almost 10,000 years ago. The domestic cat is more useful to a refugee in a camp than in a posh house in America. And vice versa. It truly mutually beneficial.

    • Sorry Dee. It is sad. I just need to explore the world of cats beyond the contented well fed domestic cat in a nice American home. There are cats all over the world even in refugee camps. I want to bring these unknown cats out of obscurity and into the light.

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