Lebanese nationalism has historically been exclusionary - as are all nationalisms - and isolationist, in that it accentuates differences between the Lebanese and other Levantines or other Arabs while downplaying shared attributes and characteristics.
According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), as of September 11, 2014 close to 9.5 million Syrians have been forcedto leave their homes since the uprising began in March of 2011. Of those who were forced to move, 6.5 million are internally displaced; the remaining three million left the country as refugees.
Forty percent of those who left Syria (1.2 million people) headed into neighbouring Lebanon. In Lebanon they were met with endemic racism manifesting itself through chauvinistic rhetoric, discrimination, curfews, evacuation notices, and increasingly frequent racial attacks against their person and their livelihood. The Lebanese laud themselves for their sense of hospitality and exceptional generosity, but these claims are now being tested by what has beendescribedas the ‘worst refugee crisis in recent history’, and Lebanon has been failing miserably.
Great article on the history of the treatment of (Syrian) refugees in Lebanon, written by Mahmoud Mroueh, @MahmoudRamsey on twitter.
Caught In Conflict - Syria’s Unending War
The Syrian Civil War is in its fourth year, with almost two hundred thousand Syrians dead and at least nine million displaced.
The whole world is watching, but everyone is just talking about deep concerns. Start to act. This war has to end. Now.
Our revolution’s united front. FSA and the Kurdish YPG to fight ISIS in northern Aleppo!
When will America realize that its support of the Syrian opposition is what strengthened ISIS. How many damn videos of FSA factions pledging allegiance to ISIS over the past several years do you need? Whatever revolution there was in Syria, it was quickly hijacked by ISIS and Jabhat Al-Nusra. There is no longer a revolution in Syria. There’s a proxy war where the Syrian people are the ultimate victims and Iraqis are paying the price due to the spillover of fighters.
As well as being stupid and ignorant, this post is disrespectful to the martyrs who gave their lives for the sake of a better Syria and whose hopes were to rid the country of the injustice and oppression it has suffered for more than four decades.
Also, “revolution”, “proxy war”, and “civil war” are not mutually exclusive terms and you don’t get to tell Syrians that their revolution has supposedly “failed”. No liberation movement in the history of the world has been void of corruption, the Syrian people are not responsible for the actions of ISIS (who are counter-revolutionaries, and have caused as much suffering to them as the Syrian regime).
A Syrian man collects pumpkins from a vegetable patch locals grew at the site where a barrel bomb hit a sewage pipe in the Baedeen neighbourhood of the northern Syrian city of Aleppo on September 3, 2014.
SOURCE: Zein Al-Rifai.
Drawing Home: Kilis, Turkey. (11/11)
Muhamad: “When the revolution began, they destroyed our mosque and we were not allowed to study. Then the war came and it has continued until today. This drawing is when Syrian people demonstrated peacefully. Now, because of the explosions, the birds have left.”
Drawing Home: Kilis, Turkey. (10/11)
Yahya: “I drew this image to talk about my country. We want to live in freedom, but we’ve been kept from achieving freedom. They are bombing and destroying everything.”
Drawing Home: Kilis, Turkey. (9/11)
Amani: “My name is Amani, I made this drawing because I love my country. Very very much. They bombed our city and our people. They started bombing from planes.”
Drawing Home: Kilis, Turkey. (8/11)
Rama: “I made this drawing because I always hear the noise of tanks and every day planes come and bomb us. We hear the noise of tanks and I can never sleep in my house, because there is always bombing. I love my country and want to return to peace and security. I always wish to go back because I miss home.”
Drawing Home: Kilis, Turkey. (7/11)
Nur “I drew a plane bombing houses. I love my country and I miss it a lot.”
Drawing Home: Kilis, Turkey. (6/11)
Muaz: “Here are two schools and a mosque. The planes are bombing schools and soldiers are beating those who pray. They are killing the people.”
Drawing Home: Kilis, Turkey. (5/11)
Sahar: “I made this picture to show what happens in our country. They slaughtered our children, our countrymen and burnt our house. They destroyed us. We want to live with dignity. I wish to return to my homeland. Thank you.”
Drawing Home: Kilis, Turkey. (4/11)
Hyham: “A plane was bombing and soldiers from the Free Syrian Army came to beat them and to stop them from bombing us and to bomb them back.”