British pop star Dua Lipa is visiting Lebanon with UNICEF to meet with the refugee children supported by the children’s charity. She stayed in Rayak and Beqaa for three days, spending time at the refugee settlements for the children and young people displaced by the eight-year war in Syria.
Empathizing with the children, Lipa, whose parents fled the conflict in the Balkans in 1992 said, “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.”
“You can read about the conditions or see the challenges on TV, but you don’t really feel the absolute dire circumstances for refugees from Syria until you see them for yourself,” she added.
The singer took to Instagram to share multiple heartwarming photos from her visit and can be seen laughing and bonding with the children in many of them. Describing the experience as eye-opening in her post, she wrote, “It was a heartbreaking and emotional yet hopeful experience after seeing these kids still laugh and smile and make the most of a bad situation.”