Monday, August 3, 2009

Article on Nahr el-Bared

Here's a good article about the reconstruction of Nahr el-Bared. Fadi is a colleague of mine; before the conflict he was an English teacher in the camp.

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.

By Ben Gilbert - GlobalPost
Published: May 26, 2009 15:37 ET
Updated: May 31, 2009 20:46 ET

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.

The article continues here...

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