Lebanon: Refugees at Nahr al-Bared camp are protesting to demand their employment
Lebanon - The Independent Popular Movement, as well as representatives of the Palestinian factions and the Popular Committee, carried out a mass sit-in in front of the office of the director of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) in Tripoli. This sit-in considered the first outside Nahr el-Bared after an open sit-in began 20 days ago in front of the agency's office, in order to raise the voice in the name of thousands of Palestinians from Nahr el-Bared and to ask UNRWA for a series of demands: Rent allowances, expedite the process of rebuilding the camp and restart the comprehensive emergency relief plan. Their suffering dates back to 2007 when the Nahr ثl-Bared camp was devastated after a fierce battle by the Lebanese army against Fatah al-Islam. Ten years after these events, more than 4,000 families are still suffering after they have been displaced from their homes and have not returned to it. UNRWA has not yet fulfilled its promise to rebuild the camp during the Vienna Conference on 23 June 2008 because of "lack of funding". The reconstruction workshop stopped after completing 46% of the required area due to the "lack of financial resources” families are also no longer receiving allowance for rent for the same reason. That’s why they resorted to a sit in, which began symbolically, turned into an open sit-in where the tents were set up for a number of families who had no place to shelter.