|Shatila Camp, Beirut|
|Khaireddin in front of the Kawash House in Miye Miye Camp: the Kawash family, now scattered all over the world, were exiled from Mayroun village in what isnow northern Israel|
|Khair with his cousin Mustafa Kawash, a "double refugee" from Homs in Syria|
|Khalid Danaan, head of the Miye Miye Popular Committe|
‘Double refugees’ strain UNRWA resources as numbers surge The courtyard of the U.N.-run Yarmouk primary school in Burj al-Barajneh was packed, not with students blithely running in between classes, but with newly arrived Palestinian refugees from Syria… “The people came in large numbers all at once, it was chaotic,” said Mohammad Khaled, UNRWA’s chief officer for all camps in and around the Beirut area… The number of Palestinian refugees from Syria in Lebanon reached 61,500 this month, of whom women and children make up the majority. By December, their numbers are expected to reach 80,000.
Palestinians in Syria find themselves displaced again Palestinian refugees uprooted by the worsening civil war feel far from welcome in neighboring Lebanon. As refugees in Syria, they lived in camps and lacked citizenship, but they had built lives, established homes, held down jobs and were generally regarded to have the highest standard of living of any of the region’s more than 4 million Palestinian refugees. Now that they have been uprooted again, they find themselves with nothing in a country whose own history of conflict with Palestinians means they are far from welcome. Syrian Palestinians “have gone from catastrophe to catastrophe,” said Ahmed Abu Arab, 62, using the Arabic word “nakba,” which Palestinians have adopted to refer to the 1948 exodus.