The truth about Syrian refugees in Lebanon

November 30, 2017



               This month, the UNA-UK and We the Peoples Film Festival presented the movie "Lost in Lebanon" at the University of Westminster. The event was far beyond the exhibition of the documentary, which per se is amazing. The night began with two speakers giving an overview of the refugee crisis in the Middle East. The researcher Maria Holt has been to Lebanon several times and gave her testimony of the situation there: a country that has started to restrict the arrival of refugees and that count on several organizations to accommodate those ones who have managed to cross the borders.

                 With this picture in mind, the lights were turned off and dozens of students were guided through a journey to know the story of some people who left Syria, tried to have a new life in Lebanon, but remained with a feeling of uncertainty in their hearts.

                 Recent reports estimate over 1,5 million Syrian refugees currently live in Lebanon. It is believed that at least 600,000 of them did not register with the United Nations. 72% of babies, sons and daughters of Syrian refugees who were born in Lebanon, have no registration, preventing them from some basic services such as access to health system and education. 

                 The documentary directed by the sisters Sophia and Georgia Scott holds the attention of the audience because it was constructed in a way that one cannot predict what is going to happen in the next scene and no answer is promptly given. The movie portrays the reality of Lebanon refugee camps without resorting to some emotional editing effects often used to make the audience cry. The narrative and the script have a simple and objective message: show the people that refugees are individuals and should not be discriminated by society because they could no longer remain in their origin country. 

                If this message was unclear to anyone who watched the movie that night, the Reverend Nadim Nassar, who has deeply knowledge on the situation in Syria, stated it clear: "the problem in Syria is not only Syrians problems. It is also our problem. And in this case, silence is the same as showing agreement with what is happening there". 



















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