Marking the 60th Year of Al Nakba

Southern California events marking the Palestinian Catastrophe (Al Nakba)

Report Back from Lebanon: Palestinian Refugees in the 60th year after Al-Nakba

Posted by nakba60la on January 17, 2008

In May 2007 Nahr al Bared Refugee Camp, home to over 40,000 Palestinian refugees, became the site of a 4-month battle between the Lebanese Army and extremist group Fatah al-Islam. During this time over 40 civilians, 167 soldiers and over 200 Fatah al-Islam members were killed. 40,000 refugees were displaced.

 

Dr. Laila Al-Marayati traveled to Lebanon to visit Palestinian refugee camps in November 2007.  She witnessed firsthand the devastation of the Nahr el Bared Camp as a result of fighting between a militant group and Lebanese armed forces. Over 30,000 refugees had to flee yet again to escape the fighting and now are faced with even more dire living conditions. 

 

Kelly Hayes-Raitt joined a delegation to Lebanon with the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee in September 2007, commemorating the 25th anniversary of the massacres at Sabra and Shatilla, where 3,000 innocent refugees were slaughtered.  She interviewed survivors and victims’ family members, as well as displaced Nahr el-Bared refugees at the Beddawi camp.  Kelly will be leaving this week to join a delegation to Mindanao, Philippines.  She records her experiences at www.PeacePATHFoundation.org

Sunday, January 27, 5:30pm

Pasadena Public Library – Lamanda Park Branch

140 S. Altadena Drive, Pasadena, CA 91107

 

For more information contact wshami@afsc.org  or  (213) 489-1900 x118

www.mepeacela.org

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