Patricia Khoder

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Sous leur tente de réfugiés, Chadi invente une machine à laver et Chadia des histoires d’amour

Douris est un village de la Békaa, non loin de la frontière avec la Syrie. Ici, de nombreux Bédouins, de nationalité syrienne, qui avaient l'habitude de se déplacer avec les saisons, ont été naturalisés libanais en 1994. La localité, située au pied de l'Anti-Liban, était majoritairement chrétienne. Ce n'est plus le cas actuellement du point de vue de l'habitat. Dans d'immenses terrains appartenant aux chrétiens qui ne se rendent plus à leur village, des réfugiés syriens ont dressé des tentes.   « Nous sommes des tribus d'origine turkmène. Nous avons des proches qui ont été naturalisés ici. Nous sommes de…

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Ghinwa Obeid

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Refugees turn to smugglers after border crackdown

The Beirut-Damascus International Highway cuts through mountainous terrain to the official Masnaa crossing, but it is over the remote passes nearby that smugglers now guide groups of Syrian refugees into Lebanon under cover of darkness. “It is very difficult to limit it,” a General Security source told The Daily Star. On both the lanes leading in to and out of Syria, there are several weak points exploited by smugglers. One falls to the right of the Damascus-Beirut lane. There, a garbage mound has become a landmark for smugglers and refugees. The route The Daily Star was shown followed a sandy…

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Anne-Marie El-Hage

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Scolarisation des réfugiés syriens : Franc succès dans l’éducation de base, mais peu d’adeptes chez

Bilan positif pour la campagne « Back to School » (Retour à l'école) lancée en septembre 2015 par le ministère de l'Éducation à l'intention des réfugiés syriens du Liban et des petits Libanais, avec l'aide des Nations unies et de la communauté internationale. Et ce avec 60 % des petits réfugiés syriens scolarisés, dont 47 % à l'école publique. Mais un bémol toutefois, et de taille, que l'on pourrait interpréter comme un cri d'alarme : si la scolarisation des petits réfugiés syriens est un franc succès dans l'enseignement de base, la scolarisation des adolescents syriens de 12 à 17 ans est encore trop timide. Plus…

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Mat Nashed

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Syrian refugee cash assistance scheme in the spotlight

Cash assistance has offered a vital lifeline to the most destitute Syrian households in the country and its removal would plunge many beneficiaries back into abject poverty, according to two reports presented at the Tamar Hotel in Hazmieh Monday. The reports were undertaken to specifically evaluate the impact of the Lebanese Cash Consortium, a body of six NGOs, in improving the lives of those most vulnerable. The LCC has been providing Syrian households with $174 a month in cash assistance over the last year and a half. This amount, coupled with a separate cash card handed out by the World…

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U.N. chief allays Lebanon’s fears over refugee settlement

The permanent settlement of Syrian refugees is a choice left up to the host country, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a letter to Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil, apparently seeking to allay Lebanon’s fears over refugee settlement. The letter was delivered Friday by the U.N. Special Coordinator for Lebanon Sigrid Kaag who visited Bassil at the Foreign Ministry. “The United Nations will continue to firmly work to reach a settlement of the conflict [in Syria] and reduce the burdens placed on some countries, including Lebanon,” Ban said in the letter. Ban said he supported Bassil’s position to help Syrians return…

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Study shows Syrian influx poses enormous environmental risks

Lebanon last year witnessed a random increase in makeshift camps for Syrian refugees which significantly impacts agriculture and increases the risk of water contamination, the ministry of environment reported Monday. The 2015 study on the impact of Syrian migrants on Lebanon's environment to assess the priorities for intervention warned that the "number of unofficial camps and their geographical distribution soared up from 1,069 in April 2014 to 5,082 in December 2015," a nearly 80 percent increase. The study expected further heights in 2016, sounding the alarm that the number of refugees in those unofficial makeshift camps increased from 160,894 in…

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Two arrested in Bekaa for scamming Syrian refugees

General Security arrested two men accused of scamming Syrian refugees through a fake travel agency that led the Syrians to believe they could help travel to Europe, a statement said Tuesday. The statement said the two men, identified by the initials A.B. and T.G., were arrested Monday in the eastern Bekaa Valley. Forged travel documents they used to con people were also confiscated. The statement added that the two suspects confessed to getting in contact with people from several Arab nationalities through female sponsors, who would promise them a passage to Europe in exchange for money. The fake company, known…

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Study to resume on Syrian refugee impact on Lebanon's environment

The Environment Ministry announced Wednesday its decision to resume a study concerning the impact of Syrian refugees in Lebanon, launched in 2014. A ministry statement said that Environment Minister Mohammad Machnouk had met with Social Affairs Minister Rashid Derbas and U.N. Special Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini to discuss the re-launch of the study. “We have now prepared a study that will be announced next week assessing the environmental impact of the Syrian exodus,” Machnouk said. Machnouk praised the Lebanese community for its generosity to the Syrian people, but added that the country “cannot give what it does not have for itself.”…

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Lebanon can no longer handle refugee crisis

Fragile host communities like Lebanon’s can no longer cope with the lengthy Syrian crisis, Social Affairs Minister Rachid Derbas said Tuesday, warning of the impact left by the Syrian refugees on the country’s demography. “Small communities with little resources like the Lebanese society can’t tolerate the idea of long years of the Syrian crisis ... because it can only stand its consequences for few months at its best,” Derbas said. He was speaking during a meeting for the steering committee at The Lebanon Host Communities Support Project, which is being implemented in collaboration between the ministry and UNDP.” Speaking at…

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