The British newspaper, The Times, published a new report in which it indicated that “there are Syrian refugees in Lebanon who are selling their faculties to help their families,” revealing that “this step of the refugees inspired some Lebanese who complain of hardship in light of the collapse of the economic situation.”
According to the report titled “Lebanese are forced to sell their faculties under the stress of the worsening economic crisis”, there are more than one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and the economic collapse in the country has pushed a large number of people into extreme poverty, which has led to an increase in illegal trade. in human organs.
And the British newspaper pointed out that “in the event that these people are not subjected to fraud and deception by human traffickers, it is expected that the donor will receive an amount ranging from 6 thousand to 10 thousand dollars for the sale of one kidney.”
The newspaper met a woman named Naima Muhammad al-Ali, the latter said that her husband abandoned the family and that the camp they lived in was too unsafe to leave her daughters alone, which pressured her two teenage sons to earn money for the family, as she feared they would join a drug gang and be arrested or killed.
Naima told The Times that she heard, in a doctor’s office, other women talking about selling their kidneys to support their families, and now she is also looking for a buyer, and added: “I have no other choice.”
Farida Younan, coordinator with the National Authority for Donation and Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue in Lebanon, says that although Syrian refugees have long been inquiring about selling kidneys, most phone calls now come from poor Lebanese.
She told The Times that her response has always been that “the sale of organs is illegal”, although she sympathizes with their plight.
“We all know about the economic and financial situation in Lebanon and the devaluation of the currency and its consequences for the middle class. The situation is the same for refugees,” she said.