NORDIC NATIONS Child War Refugees to Get Limbs Mohamad, 15, a refugee from the war-torn Middle East, wept when he learned he’d receive a prosthetic arm. He’s living in a camp in Lebanon, and Nordic Lions will help many of the 200 children at the camps in Lebanon in need of a prosthetic arm or leg. Lions in Norway, Sweden and Denmark decided to partner with the Singer Center in Sidon, Lebanon, on the prosthetics after the Lions’ Europa Forum in the fall in Germany. There they heard a talk by Norwegian Lion Einar Lyngar on how he and Lebanese Lions, supported by Lions in their nations, delivered food and clothes to desperate refugees from Syria and Iraq at camps in Lebanon but dangerously close to military actions of the Islamic State. Nordic Lions also have agreed to create a medical center near the camps, to continue to provide supplies to refugees and to increase their support of makeshift schools at the camps. Many children at the camps have untreated severe injuries from bombs or houses that collapsed. Most aid agencies have left the camp areas because of possible violence by terrorists. Lions, however, have been encouraged by their ability to get aid to refugees because of the ties of Lebanese Lions to government officials. “This [prior success] has given Lions great confidence,” according to the Norway LION. Turkish Lions also have partnered with Nordic Lions in helping refugees at camps. Mohamad, 15, will receive a prosthetic arm. Dr. Bassam Singer makes a prosthesis for a refugee child at Singer Center in Sidon. AUSTRIA Refugees Welcomed with a Gift Lions in Austria have welcomed Syrian refugees with hygiene bags. The bags are filled with soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors and other items. Austrian Lions are helping refugees. Lions in upper Austria and southeast Austria have distributed 4,000 bags so far. The toiletries are intended to last two weeks. Thanks to a Lion’s business connections, each bag cost the Lions only 10 euros ($11.50). About 8,000 Syrians applied for asylum in Austria last year. “We as Lions have a responsibility to provide humanitarian aid,” says District Governor Alfred Hrusca of Schwertberg. Austria has 8,648 Lions in 263 clubs.
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