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  • Permalink A UNHCR staff member enters a makeshift home during the emergency response to Storm Norma at Bar Elias settlement, central Lebanon. ; One person died and 11,000 were affected by days of heavy rain and high winds as Storm Norma swept across Lebanon in January 2019. Bar Elias informal settlement in the Bekaa Valley was submerged under floodwater, leaving families struggling to keep warm in winter temperatures. Some were forced to shelter with friends, neighbours and relatives, abandoning tents and makeshift homes that blew away. UNHCR and partners responded to requests for assistance, carrying out needs assessments and distributing blankets, shovels and mattresses to the most urgent cases. More than 150 informal sites were affected, putting 70,000 refugees at risk.Gallery

    Contested Meanings of Resilience Building: How Great Expectations in Brussels are Dashed in Beirut

Contested Meanings of Resilience Building: How Great Expectations in Brussels are Dashed in Beirut

by Tamirace Fakhoury

Today, Lebanon hosts more than one million Syrian refugees. Despite this, they are considered temporary guests (Nazihin) rather than refugees. In this context, the Lebanese government has delegated key responsibilities in refugee assistance to supranational organisations.

The European Union (EU) has been the leading donor in Lebanon in the context of Syrians’ displacement, and has increased its cooperation on […]

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    Questioning Dominant Refugee Narratives and Research Methodologies

Questioning Dominant Refugee Narratives and Research Methodologies

by Yasmine Kherfi

This is the introduction to a series of memos presented as part of a conference organised by the LSE Middle East Centre on 7–8 March 2019, titled ‘Between Institutional Resilience to the Syrian Refugee Crisis and the Resilience of Syrian Refugees’.

The term ‘refugee crisis’ is often critiqued within the refugee discourse for being embedded within a larger crisis narrative in which […]

Connecting Conflict-Related Displacement with WPS

by Zeynep Kaya

The Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda has great transformative potential, and puts the gendered impacts of conflict at the centre of discussions and actions on conflict. It calls for including women affected by, or part of, conflicts in peacebuilding and conflict-resolution processes, ensuring the protection of their rights and provisions for their specific needs. Despite this, […]

  • Permalink Syrian refugees queue to be registered on the outskirts of the Lebanese town of Arsal. Source: UNHCR/M. Hofer/November 2013Gallery

    Protracted Conflicts and Public Health: Re-thinking Geographies of Health Care Provision in the Middle East

Protracted Conflicts and Public Health: Re-thinking Geographies of Health Care Provision in the Middle East

by Yasmine Kherfi

While conflicts across the Middle East gain a lot of media traction, their broader implications on the future of health care provision across the region tend to be overlooked. Medical neutrality, fundamental to sustaining global health and humanitarian efforts, is increasingly being undermined in armed conflicts. In countries like Yemen and Syria, alongside the high human toll […]

November 30th, 2018|Featured, Iraq, Lebanon, Syria|0 Comments|
  • Permalink Mujahideen in the tribal areas of Pakistan, late December 1979. Source: CC.Gallery

    Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

Beyond Sectarianism? Transnational Identity Politics & Conflict in the Modern Middle East: Pasts, Presents, Futures

by Jessica Watkins

Sectarian violence is decreasing across the Middle East, if largely due to mass displacement and harsh settlements imposed in states emerging from conflict. Alongside this decrease, an aggressive strain of transnational sectarian politics which has gripped the region for the past few decades is abating, at least for now. But while in principle, this lull creates a […]

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