Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Middle East Institute Considers Plight of Palestinian Refugees

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Middle East Institute Considers Plight of Palestinian Refugees

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Middle East Institute Considers Plight of Palestinian Refugees

Maya Ayoub of the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund and Dr. Peter Gubser of American Near East Refugee Aid presented their views of the current status of Palestinian refugees in the Middle East at a June 30 program at the Middle East Institute in Washington, DC.

According to Ayoub, who worked with the Palestinian Children's Relief Fund in Lebanon from 1993 to 1996, more than 128,000 Palestinians fled from Palestine to Lebanon in 1967, and they and their descendants now number 350,000. These refugees are concentrated in 12 refugee camps, several of which are being destroyed as Lebanon reconstructs itself. For example, the Lebanese destroyed a large portion of the infamous Shatila refugee camp in order to make way for a new sports stadium, leaving many of its families without housing.

Often, refugees forced to relocate find themselves in worse conditions than before. In addition, among the Palestinian refugees are more than 11,000 men, women and children crippled by years of civil war and strife. …

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