Feature: Death doesn't end Syrian refugees' misery in Lebanon

February 3, 2016 12:08 pm 

BEIRUT, Jan. 31 — Syrians who fled their war-torn country to Lebanon since 2011 are living in very harsh conditions.

Some of them even prayed they die and not face the humiliation of being displaced, but even death does not end their misery.

Ahmad al-Azzi, displaced from the devastated city of Aleppo to the western Bekaa region in Lebanon, described with teary eyes to Xinhua how the death of his 80-year-old father did not end his misery.

"We are bind to carry our miseries with us to our graves," he said.

"My father died during the snow storm and we could not find a cemetery to bury him," he said, adding that the cemeteries are usually private and graves are paid for.

However, al-Azzi managed to find a cemetery owned by an Islamic charity that accepted to bury his father "on condition that we take back his remains to Syria."

A displaced from the Damascus neighborhood who declined to give his name to Xinhua said that refusing to bury a Syrian in a Lebanese cemetery is a kind of racism, but covered by the legal authorities.

Fatima al-Anz, displaced from Aleppo, told Xinhua that they had to keep the corps of her five-year-old son who died because of cancer in one of the Bekaa hospitals for two weeks until they managed to find a decent place to bury him.

She recalled many similar cases where the corps of dead Syrians remained in hospitals because "the Lebanese refused to bury Syrians in their cemeteries."

"Being unable to find a grave to bury our dead is a daily hardship we are facing and represents an additional tragedy for the Syrian refugees," Abou Hassan al-Hasanein, displaced from Idlib, told Xinhua.

Before the Lebanese authorities applied strict measures on the entry of Syrians, the refugees used to carry their dead and bury them in Syria, but the current situation makes it almost impossible for them to resort to such a solution, as most of the refugees would be denied re-entry to Lebanon.

According to the United Nations Higher Commission for Refugees, Lebanon hosts more than 1.1 million Syrians. (PNA/Xinhua)

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