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Lebanon: Syrian refugees struggle to find space to bury their dead03:24

Lebanon: Syrian refugees struggle to find space to bury their dead

Lebanon, Al-Foura camp
May 2, 2017 at 18:30 GMT -00:00 · Published

Despite managing to escape the immediate dangers of war, Syrian refugees in Lebanon continue to taste the bitterness of the conflict, Saturday, as residents of the al-Foura camp in Lebanon's Bekaa valley struggle to find a place to bury their dead.

With a lack of lots in local cemeteries, Syrian refugees have had to create solutions as to how to deal with the growing numbers of bodies at the site. An impromptu cemetery on the camp is now the burial ground for more than the remains of more than 500 people.

Resident of the al-Foura camp Ahmad al-Fayyad described a phone call he received from a Syrian refugee after the death of his son, saying that with no burial spots available, he suggested placing the child's body "in a box and put it in the freezer."

According to United Nations 2015 estimates, more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon, constituting almost one quarter of Lebanon's population of 5.8 million.

Lebanon: Syrian refugees struggle to find space to bury their dead03:24
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Despite managing to escape the immediate dangers of war, Syrian refugees in Lebanon continue to taste the bitterness of the conflict, Saturday, as residents of the al-Foura camp in Lebanon's Bekaa valley struggle to find a place to bury their dead.

With a lack of lots in local cemeteries, Syrian refugees have had to create solutions as to how to deal with the growing numbers of bodies at the site. An impromptu cemetery on the camp is now the burial ground for more than the remains of more than 500 people.

Resident of the al-Foura camp Ahmad al-Fayyad described a phone call he received from a Syrian refugee after the death of his son, saying that with no burial spots available, he suggested placing the child's body "in a box and put it in the freezer."

According to United Nations 2015 estimates, more than 1.5 million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon, constituting almost one quarter of Lebanon's population of 5.8 million.

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