Lebanon

Mobile homes and odd jobs bring Syrian refugees much-needed boost


When Al-Qusayr, a bastion of the Syrian resistance, fell to the army in June 2013, thousands of civilians fled across the border to Lebanon. Most now live in makeshift camps and depend entirely on international aid. This situation inspired one NGO to launch a project called “We will return,” a program that gives refugees the ability to be more self-sufficient as they wait for the day when they will be able to return to Syria. Read more...
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Artists colour a Beirut suburb scarred by suicide attacks

 
To fight the sense of dread that has gripped residents of a Shiite-majority Beirut suburb since it was hit by two suicide bombings in January, artists have gone on a mission to paint the neighbourhood in bright, hopeful colours. Read more…

Why Hezbollah's TV channel covered Christmas

 
Hezbollah’s television channel, Al-Manar, provided widespread media coverage of Lebanon’s Christmas festivities—an unusual move for the media arm of the Lebanese Shiite party. According to some of our Observers, this is a strategy intended to position the party as a protector of minorities. Read more...

'I was beaten up by customs agents' says Lebanese journalist

 
Customs agents in Beirut beat up four Lebanese journalists on Tuesday. The journalists had gone to the customs office to request — via megaphone — an interview with the customs office about an investigation into corruption at Beirut airport. This did not go down well. Riyad Kobeissi, one of the journalists who was attacked, shares his story. Read more...
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Syrian artists find refuge in Lebanese mountain retreat

 
Like all refugees that are forced to leave their war-torn countries, Syrian artists have had to put their careers on hold. However, a Lebanon-based patron has provided these painters, sculptors, and multimedia artists access to her Ottoman-era building to enable them to continue their work. This provides a unique opportunity for them to re-launch their careers. Read more...
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Video of young girl firing rifle underscores tensions in Lebanon

 
A man loads his assault rifle and hands it to a little girl, who is maybe 7 or 8 years old. “You want to try it?” he asks. He shows her how to use it, and she shoots it thirteen times, beaming with pride afterwards. This video, filmed in the streets of Tripoli in northern Lebanon, is one of several videos that illustrate how children are used by Sunni and Alawite fighters to intimidate each other, according to our Observer. Read more…
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Syrian suspected of espionage beaten and paraded through Tripoli, Lebanon

 
Beaten, bruised, stripped half-naked and paraded for three kilometres with a rope around his neck: this was the pubic humiliation suffered by a Syrian Alawite in a Sunni neighbourhood of Tripoli, Lebanon, on Monday afternoon. His tormentors accused him of having links to the Syrian regime. Read more...
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Lebanese women demand "overdue" law against domestic violence

 
Hundreds of protesters marched across Beirut Sunday to reach the residence of the Lebanese parliament’s speaker, where dozens of women broke out into a dance routine. Their message: hurry up and get parliament to pass laws to protect women from domestic violence. Read more…
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Lebanese soldiers accused of violent attacks on migrants

 
Xenophobic acts are common currency in Lebanon, with local human rights groups frequently pointing to instances of ill-treatment of immigrants. Even so, the attack committed on October 7 by members of the Lebanese army has generated outrage in Lebanon. Read more...
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Bloody clashes in Lebanon: "Snipers were shooting at anything that moved"

 
Clashes between opponents and supporters of the Syrian regime continued for a fifth day on Friday in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli. Our Observer, who has been following some of the fighters, told us about the lawlessness that now reigns in parts of the city. Read more…
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