The Forgotten People – Lebanon

Beirut, Lebanon.

Lebanon hosts an estimated 450.000 stateless Palestinians, descendants of the refugees fleeing the 1948 Arab-Israeli war, as well as Syrian-Palestinians forced into second exile since 2012. They constitute one of the world’s longest-established refugee populations and are in limbo since almost 70 years. Their children are born into statelessness; with many being not even officially registered, their lack of citizenship means a life without prospects or hope. Unable to gain Lebanese citizenship and fully participate in society, they meet numerous discriminations and are denied even the most basic rights. As unrecognized citizens, they face restrictions to legal employment; they have no right to housing, and limited access to public social services, health care or education. For most Palestinians in Lebanon, living a precarious, marginalized existence has been the only life they have ever known.