Posted by: Lister | March 5, 2009

Nahr al-Bared still not rebuilt

Reconstruction at Nahr al-Bared (destroyed in 2007 in the fight against Fatah al-Islam) is finally due to begin on March 9, according to Reuters:

All 6,000 homes were destroyed in the shabby warren of alleys and two- to six-storey buildings crammed into a coastal pocket of two square km (less than a square mile).

The Lebanese government and the U.N. Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA), which cares for Palestinian refugees, have promised Nahr al-Bared will rise again — unlike three refugee camps that were destroyed during Lebanon’s 1975-90 civil war.

They say construction will now start on the first of eight areas to be rebuilt in a rolling programme planned, but far from fully funded, over the next two to three years. The end-goal is a “model camp” with vastly improved living conditions.

I find it hard to understand why the Palestinians have been refugees for so long.

“If you find a snake in your house, do you demolish your house?” asked Samih Hajjo, 60, a doctor at an UNRWA clinic.

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