Aid from the shaqiqat to the Palestinians of Nahr al-Bared
Posted by adiamondinsunlight on June 10, 2007
One of the fears most often expressed by Palestinians fleeing Nahr al-Bared is that they will not be permitted to return to the camp when the fighting is over. Their fears are understandable: over the years, Palestinian camps in Lebanon have been sites of “ethnic cleansing” as well as less euphemized militia attacks.
Siniora has been quite explicit in his promises that civilian residents of the camp will be allowed to return – and the government has begun an advertising campaign with the same message.
(Of course, I question why the government is advertising its goodwill towards Palestinians to the elite and foreign communities who read the Daily Star, rather than to the poor, disenfranchised Nahr al-Baredis themselves. I can’t find the advertisement in al-Nahar, although an Arabic version must be circulating somewhere.)
Meanwhile, I see that UNRWA’s recently announced Nahr al-Bared appeal is not the only one. Several Muslim charities and social groups active in the UK have announced aid campaigns, and today I saw this article in Bahrain’s Gulf Daily News:
Help Lebanon camp refugees appeal
By GEOFFREY BEW
PEOPLE in Bahrain are being urged to come to the aid of Palestinian refugees who have been forced to flee the conflict between militants and government soldiers in northern Lebanon …
[Kanwal Hameed, a former Gulf Daily News Reporter currently volunteering in Lebanon] appealed to individuals, organisations, charities, societies and companies in Bahrain to come forward with help and revive the humanitarian response to Israel’s war against Lebanon.
Donations can be made to the First National Bank in Beirut, available on 00961 1858313. For information contact Ms Hameed on firstname.lastname@example.org.