From displacement to homelessness
Palestinian refugees displaced by a battle in their camp in northern Lebanon are still waiting, two years on, for the rebuilding of their "temporary" home.
NAHR AL-BARED, Lebanon — Fadi El Tayaar’s home used to be in the middle of one of Lebanon’s largest Palestinian refugee camps, Nahr al-Bared. It was a bustling center of commerce in Lebanon’s north, and he remembers how the main street was once crammed with Lebanese shoppers during holidays.
“The Lebanese were depending on the items and goods from here,” he said. “It was a market, the prices were cheap.” Now Tayaar, who works for the United Nations, gazes out from the top of a recently reconstructed building overlooking the site of his old home. He points at a few trucks parked side by side.
“My home was near those trucks, over there, at the end of the hill,” he says, pointing to a position on what is now a massive pile of dirt, about four football fields wide.