Dua Lipa traveled to Lebanon with UNICEF this week to meet children and young people who were uprooted by the eight-year conflict in Syria. There are more than 1 million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, including around 500,000 children, many of whom do not have access to adequate health care or education.
The Grammy award winner spoke to young people there about the obstacles they face and visited projects in Terbol informal settlement in the Bekaa valley by Lebanese NGO LOST (Lebanese Organisation for Studies and Training), a UNICEF youth partner organization. She also visited the Burj el Barajneh Palestinian camp, where she spent time with Palestinian and Syrian children receiving psychosocial support.
The cause hits close to home for Lipa, whose Kosovar-Albanian parents fled the political turmoil in the Balkans in the early 1990s. “This is personal for me. My parents fled a war-torn region and built a life for themselves in a new place. And each one of the refugee children I met has parents just like my own, who have tried to make the best decisions they could for their families,” Lipa said in a statement. “I feel lucky that I was given a chance, especially from an immigrant family, to have been born in the UK and been able to live my dream, because I had that opportunity and I feel like every other child should have that opportunity too. To be able to be in a place where they can thrive and be the best version of themselves.”