Syrian refugees in Lebanon: A humiliating situation
Check out what Marwan Charbel said today on the Syrian Refugees issue:
Caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel admitted on Tuesday that the authorities had miscalculated in not building camps to house Syrian refugees escaping the fighting in their country.
In remarks to Voice of Lebanon radio (93.3), Charbel said: “We should have kept Syrian refugees in tents and provided them with all the necessary humanitarian assistance and medical aid … to contain the security violators that are present among them.”
“We made a mistake in dealing” with the issue, he said in response to a question on the presence of Syrian nationals among the casualties in the recent fighting in the northern city of Tripoli.
And what I said back in March:
We have now over 300,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon and still no plans to set up special areas, receive the families and children and give them adequate aid. I know for a fact that a lot of Lebanese are donating or are more than willing to donate so let us find a way to control this flux of refugees and provide some minimal help because things are getting out of hand. Pictures of the Deir Zanoun camp are terrible.
And in April:
Syria is at war and the thousands of families and individuals fleeing don’t have any money, so don’t expect them to sleep on the streets and starve to death while we go all racist on them. I am not justifying their acts but a lot of people put under these circumstances will revert to crime to provide for their families. I know it’s a huge burden that any government would find difficult to deal with, and I am all for Arab countries donating money to help us out here, but that’s not an excuse for doing nothing at all (Except setting curfew hours for foreign workers).
I am glad he admitted the mistakes repeatedly done but that’s not enough. How about someone suggests a freaking plan to help these refugees and control what’s happening?
Dear Mr. Charbel,
Refrain from making any public statements, every word you say is a contradiction of all the time you passed at the Minister of Interior. You came to power because all parties didn’t want a strong person to rule this delicate and decisive ministry. In another word, you were duped.
Kindly, take your pension, find a house in the mountains and stay away from people, the sooner the better.
Najib for president!
P.S: are you maronite?
Yes because taking advantage of the Lebanese people in 2006 and closing the borders was a better action.
I don’t understand why it is Lebanon’s responsibility to keep helping and supporting refugees from different countries when no one cares enough to do the same
living near beer hassan in at the time, I personally fled through Syria in 2006, so did many people I know. I didnt see any border closed! when did that happen??
sorry I meant living IN beer Hassan, so near Dahie
Well it’s never too late. First step is to acknowledge the problem (check) , so second step is to take action.
and when bassil addressed abt this issue they called him a racist…
The solution is simple: kick them all out of Lebanon.
lets start with you shall we?
Unfortunately you can’t. Wanna know why? Because Lebanon is MY country, the country of the LEBANESE people. I also fled through Syria in 2006, but I don’t remember seeing 1 million dirty Lebanese on the streets begging for money. We went to a hotel, paid for every single service, got help from no one, and then came back to Lebanon. Lebanese there were not a threat to Syrians, but right now there is a huge increase in insecurity in Lebanon. You live near Bir Hasan you said, what do you think about the tens of syrians near Sultan Brahim rond point? Very beautiful scenery, right? I don’t think you would go a walk there on your own and feel 100% secure.
The situation is getting out of hand and I don’t know what are they waiting to ACT.