The current batch of interns of the World Youth Alliance Middle East held their third cultural event entitled “The State of Refugees in Lebanon”, on the 24th of May 2016. The event was held at the Brasiliban Cultural Center, and was a discussion about the complex and often difficult situation of the refugees in Lebanon. The dignity of the refugees is of great concern to the interns and they felt that the refugee situation should be discussed more in public to show how the refugees’ human rights are being violated.
The main speaker at the event was Mr. Tarek Moneim. He gave a speech about the situation of the Palestinian refugees, and talked about their situation in Lebanon—both the physical and mental challenges they have to face. After Mr. Moneim’s speech, he and the participants moved to the terrace of the building for a roundtable discussion about the subject. Most of the questions were about the situation of the Syrians in Lebanon and also of the global responsibility to help the refugees more. Mr. Moneim gladly answered all the questions asked of him.
Participants showed great interest in the subject. By the end of the event, it was concluded that not enough is being done to help protect the dignity of the refugees in Lebanon. The international community should help to ease the burden of Lebanon, which has taken in far more refugees per capita than any other nation in the world. The people most affected by this pressure are not necessarily the people of Lebanon, but the refugees themselves.