Syrian refugees sleeping in the streets of Lebanon - Orient TV report

Orient Net - Orient TV 2016-05-13 11:09:00

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One hundred thirty two Syrian refugees living in the camp of al-Fahd in the Lebanese town of Arsal are in danger of having no place to live in if they don’t pay 6000 USD as rent money for the land they have set their camp on. 

The camp located in Wadi Hamid contains 35 families. The camp dwellers who belong to different areas from Syria have fled the country with their families hoping to find a safe place in Lebanon but their hopes proved to be short-termed since the humanitarian situation in the camp is very bad. 

Upon interviewing many of the camp dwellers, they spoke bitterly about their sufferings and shortages in clean water supplies, sanitation and power. Their main problem was being asked to pay the rent of the land which is clearly not an affordable sum of money. 

Orient TV’s "Huna Soriya" program made a report about the situation in the camp of al-Fahd interviewing Abu Najeeb Harba who is responsible for the camp. He spoke about the lack of finances that were dedicated before for paying the rent of the land. Abu Najeeb said there is a kind of a tough siege that was imposed on Syrian refugees’ camps after the break out of incidents in Arsal in 2014.

Abu Najeeb blamed Syrian National Coalition (SNC) for not holding the financial responsibility of the Syrian refugees in Arsal. He added that because of the siege imposed by Hezbollah on Arsal, no charities or human organizations are giving any help for the camp any more. 

Abu Najeeb continued explaining the camp’s problem by saying that the owner of the land insists on getting the rent money as an annual payment since his financial situation has worsened due to the siege imposed on the region. 

Unfortunately, the UN organizations have stopped supporting the camps in the areas depriving thousands of Syrian refugees from basic services such as water and electricity. 

The tragedy of those families is still looming. It is the tragedy of having no place to sleep in during the coming hot days. Their little children who have been unable to go to schools or find playgrounds to play will be homeless again. So, would their suffering move international organizations or Syrian charities and donors? 

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