In Lebanon, Syria refugees fear rising discrimination

This is just one example of what Syrian refugees and local activists say is increasing pressure on, and even outright racism against, Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

In Lebanon, Syria refugees fear rising discrimination

World Bulletin / News Desk

Syrian refugee Abu Adnan was rushing his newborn to the doctor one night in the Lebanese town of Rmeish when municipal police stopped him and began questioning him.

He was in violation of a municipal curfew that prevents Syrian refugees from leaving their homes between sunset and sunrise.

"They began questioning me -- 'Where are you going? Why?'" he said, speaking on condition that a pseudonym be used.

Eventually he was allowed to continue, but was followed to and from the doctor's office, ensuring that he returned home directly.

Lebanon hosts more than one million Syrian refugees -- roughly a quarter of its population -- and has regularly been praised for opening its borders to those fleeing the brutal conflict in its neighbour.

But the refugee influx has strained resources and tempers, with some Lebanese viewing the years-long presence of Syrians as a burden, even an imposition.

Some municipalities have taken matters into their own hands, imposing curfews on refugees, ordering night raids on their homes, evicting them or even making them clean the streets.

"Lately, things have become very difficult," said Abu Adnan.

"Once, a group of drunken young men broke into the home of some Syrian refugees and started beating and cursing them," he said.

"The municipality did nothing for the Syrians; instead it evicted dozens from their homes."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Temmuz 2016, 17:33