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In Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Met With Harassment And Hostility : Parallels : NPR
#Syrian #refugees' tenuous status in #Lebanon: they face physical/death threats from population + harassment from the army. Lebanon has no refugee program, so uncertainty reigns
syria  refugee  lebanon  hostility  story  family  death  threat  army  19eyz  relationship  uncertainty  comparison  bullsi 
15 days ago by csrollyson
Syrian refugee crisis: Facts, FAQs, and how to help | World Vision
Useful resource page on the #Syrian #refugee crisis: how it developed, stats, timeline, aid efforts, many other links + how to help
syria  refugee  crisis  aid  history  timeline  Statistics  video  story  19eyz  bullsi  ngo  turkey  lebanon  iraq  jordan  europe 
25 days ago by csrollyson
‘No one can guarantee our safety’: Syrians stuck in squalid exile | Global development | The Guardian, Jan 22, 2019
“No one in Damascus, Beirut, or anywhere in the world can guarantee safety from Assad,” said Aref al-Homsi, a resident of one of the Arsal camps. “The Lebanese who want to say it’s a paradise there have a reason to do so – to please their masters. This is a regional agenda, not a Lebanese one. Those who return face jail or conscription. [The regime] will not act with humility. They will act with vengeance.”

In Arsal, Farid Qarquor ducks questions about what might await him at home, preferring to focus on what he and his family are dealing with now. “We’ve been here for over five years; we fled from Flita,” he said. “It’s been the hardest winter so far.

“It’s difficult to get by. We have no jobs and no residency permits. The UN also took away our welfare cards. We now have to somehow provide for our own food, gas and healthcare. The owner of the land here also charges us for rent for our tent. We are lacking basic needs.
poverty  Mar15  refugees  Lebanon  refoulment 
4 weeks ago by elizrael
Palestinian Refugees of Syria’s Yarmouk Camp: Challenges and Obstacles to Return | Arab Reform Initiative, Jan 1, 2019
In addition, the fear of arrest or detention by Syrian authorities is high. Again, this concern is shared by all Palestinians in Syria, including those who support the regime. Interviewees spoke of acquaintances who were detained simply because they had names similar to the names of men wanted by the regime and could thus be exchanged for ransoms or bribes. Others also noted the insecurity and disorder that has emerged in many areas under the control of militias hired by the regime, who exercise control over people’s daily lives.
HLP  refugees  Palestinians  Lebanon  Mar15  recruitment  SAA 
4 weeks ago by elizrael
المدن - مطلوب للاحتياط؟.. مليون ليرة سورية لـ"كف البحث" Dec 1, 2018
ووثقت "المدن" اعتقالات طالت عشرات العائدين عبر الحدود السورية–اللبنانية، من قبل الشرطة العسكرية، التي بدأت تُكثف نشاطها في معبر جديدة يابوس، بُعيد صدور قرار العفو.
سائق على خط دمشق–بيروت، أكد لـ"المدن" تسجيل أربعة اعتقالات يومياً، على الأقل، من قبل الشرطة العسكرية، لأشخاص تأكدوا من شطب اسمائهم من قوائم دائرة الهجرة والجوازات، قبل عودتهم إلى سوريا.
SAA  recruitment  refugees  Lebanon  refoulment 
5 weeks ago by elizrael
This is a bit personal. In my small hometown, Fih, in , rates of Cancer cases are triple the average. No th…
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7 weeks ago by kohlmannj
Capernaum’ Review: A Heartbreaking and Defiant Look at a Boy’s Life in Beirut
“Capernaum,” Nadine Labaki’s hectic and heartbreaking new film, borrows its name from an ancient city condemned to hell, according to the Book of Matthew, by Jesus himself. The word has since become a synonym for chaos, and modern Beirut as captured by Ms. Labaki’s camera is a teeming vision of the inferno, a place without peace, mercy or order.Does Zain’s goodness arise from childish innocence or a magically saintly disposition? In al Rafeea, a Syrian refugee with no training as an actor, Labaki has found a performer who renders such questions moot. This is a matter less of authenticity than of charisma. His charm and magnetism amount to a kind of moral authority. You don’t just root for Zain or believe in him: You trust him.Rahil sees that. Jonas does too. And “Capernaum,” a sprawling tale wrenched from real life, goes beyond the conventions of documentary or realism into a mode of representation that doesn’t quite have a name. It’s a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance.
NYTimes  movies  Lebanon  filmmakers 
10 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
What’s at Stake for Syrian Returnees – Political Violence at a Glance, Nov 20, 2018
” A 2018 survey of 4,283 Syrian refugees residing in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan found that 85% of individuals did not intend to return to Syria in the next 12 months, citing safety and security concerns as the key obstacle to going home.

In a previous post, I described a conversation from December 2017 in which a Lebanese official attempted to reframe the tenants of refugee return, emphasizing that the requirement of a fully voluntary repatriation was asking too much. The representative told me, “We are adopting the term of ‘dignified and secure’ return. If you talk about voluntary return, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will come to tell you, ‘you want these people to stay here in Lebanon.’ Let’s stop talking about voluntary. Between non-refoulement and voluntary, there is a midway.”

This attempt to redefine the conditions under which Syrians would return from Lebanon led to tension between the UNHCR and Lebanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lebanese Foreign Affairs Minister Gebran Bassil accused the UNHCR of discouraging refugees from returning to Syria and “…spreading fear by asking questions about military conscription, security conditions, accommodations and living situations in Syria, along with possible halts to aid and the prospect of returning home without UN assistance.” In response, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ordered the Directorate of Protocol to stop processing residency applications for UNHCR staff in Lebanon, refusing to reverse the decision unless the UNHCR produced a plan for returning displaced Syrians from Lebanon to Syria.
refoulment  Mar15  refugees  Lebanon  UNHCR  egypt  poll 
11 weeks ago by elizrael

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