Lebanon running out of space to bury the bodies of Syrian refugees

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Syrian refugees are struggling to find space in Lebanon to bury their dead, according to Sheikh Wesam Anuz, chairman of the displaced file for Lebanon’s Religious Edicts Authority in the Bekaa Valley.

Anuz said in a statement that although there are no official figures on the number of deaths among displaced Syrian refugees, the number is on the rise.

He explained that villages in the Bekaa Valley welcome the refugees and are happy to have the dead buried in their local cemeteries but he said there is a lack of space in the area.

Anuz explained that on three occasions Syrian refugees have had to abandon the bodies of their loved ones outside the offices of the Religious Edicts Authority in the Bekaa Valley because they had nowhere to bury them.

Anuz said that the majority of the dead are elderly people, while others have died as a result of road accidents, fires or during snowstorms.

Source: Middle East Monitor.

Link: https://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/24421-lebanon-running-out-of-space-to-bury-the-bodies-of-syrian-refugees.

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