Camps for refugees from Syria: the other side of a television image

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in photosangelina in a tent camp for Syrian refugees the Bekaa valley in LebanonCamps for refugees from Syria: the other side of a television image© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye the image Bank

 

On the border of Lebanon and Syria is an ongoing humanitarian disaster. Few people know that outside here the tent cities for refugees, home to thousands of Syrians who have little interest in the largest organization, guiding here the help. The RIA Novosti correspondent found these people and found out why they were on the sidelines of the international charity system.

 

Outside the system

All the relatives Saliba has long been settled in Europe. He is only a year and a half ago were lucky to escape with his wife and children from war-torn Syrian Latakia. Now he’s trying to find a job in Zahle, on the border of Lebanon and Syria. «My wife recently got a job, but gets a penny», — he complains.

«Mass media and different organizations, of course, try to visit the camp because there’s a good picture for TV programs: children running around barefoot, and so on. However, few people know that in the tent cities there are Christians who are forced to take shelter in the city» — draws attention to saya Samya, head of charitable projects of the Greek Catholic Church in Zahle.

And all because they are afraid to come into the camp. They lived peacefully with their neighbours-Muslims, until came the terrorists started to sow terror under the cover of Islamic slogans.

«I owned a shop in Aleppo. I had a house and a car. When the city came to the militants of the «Islamic state»* then they said to me, «Either you shut shop, or we will burn». The next day he burned to the ground and I had to run,» recalls Elias Barakat.

He, like all the inhabitants of the neighboring tents, fled Idlib in the beginning of the conflict and it is unlikely nadumuyut to return home. The news about the war in Syria, then flatly refuse to believe.

The food here is not easy. One of local residents admitted that the humanitarian aid from Russia was this time like never welcome.

National Bishop of the Russian United Union of Christians of Evangelical faith (Roshi Pentecostal) Sergey Ryakhovsky was horrified by what he saw in the camp. «I understand that there are adults affected, but children have no future. They live in the mud are dependent on aid. There are no schools, so they don’t even know the alphabet. They are outcasts of society. It’s scary growing a whole new generation of people that another life is not seen. The world community sends here only crumbs!»he said indignantly.

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotobank soup kitchen at the Catholic Church in the Lebanese city ZakhiaCamps for refugees from Syria: the other side of a television image© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotobank soup kitchen at the Catholic Church in the Lebanese city Zakhia

«If no one teaches — this means that they will be able to make a bad move. In order to avoid this, it is necessary to provide the refugees with education,» emphasizes, in turn, first Deputy Chairman of the Spiritual administration of Muslims of Dagestan Ahmad Kachaev.

Now, however, it remains at the level of dreams. The problem with placing Syrians in camps in the Bekaa valley, and beyond them still remains unresolved.

© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotolanciaypsilon the delegation of religious leaders from Russia delivered humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in LebanonCamps for refugees from Syria: the other side of a television image© RIA Novosti / Michael Voskresenskiye in fotolanciaypsilon the delegation of religious leaders from Russia delivered humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon

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