Lebanon has always been affected by its’ big sister Syria. In the last few years the small but endlessly complex country has taken in about 1.5 million Syrian refugees. About every fourth person in Lebanon is a refugee.
Following up on our trip to Beirut, this week’s Radio UF reports on Lebanon’s extreme refugee situation. We visit Palestinian refugee camps Bourj el-Barajneh and Shatila to talk to lifelong inhabitants as well as newly arrived Syrian Palestinians – who say they were so shocked by the conditions in the camp that they wish they would have stayed in Syria. We also interview TV journalist Hussein Khreis (pictured above) who spent time with the al-Qaeda group Jabhat al-Nusra and risked his life reporting at the Syrian border.
The show, Refuge in Beirut, aired on Monday the 11th and can now be heard as a podcast on Radio UF’s page on studentradion.com or on Soundcloud. This episode is entirely in English!