The European Commission is to offer eight million euros to help rebuild the Nar al-Bared refugee camp in Lebanon, the scene of the country’s worst internal violence since the civil war.
The fighting in the camp angered many of Lebanon’s 400 thousand Palestinian refugees, especially those displaced who are becoming frustrated with the pace of reconstruction:
“I want them to take care of us, to have compassion,” she says,“we are unfortunate people, we have always been like this, wet them be compassionate. If they have mercy in their hearts, let them have mercy on these poor people.” said one woman now living in the Beddawi camp.
International donors will meet today in Vienna at the request of the Lebanese government – officials hope it will show support for those affected, like this man who said: “All they do is give us caravans. The caravans are hot, there are scorpions and snakes there, we can’t live in them.”
The Nahr al-Bared camp was home to around 40 thousand people before fighting between the Lebanese Army and Islamist militants inside erupted in May 2007. The 15-week battle killed more than 420, including 168 soldiers.