Refugees - Lebanon

8 November 2014

To illustrate the diversity of this new reality, ARTE journalists chose four different locations in Nepal, Iraq, Lebanon and Chad. In each refugee camp, a film director, a photographer, a writer and a cartoonist were given free rein to describe their experiences. Their work is being shown on television Saturdays in ARTE Reportage and on the ARTE Info website – each time taking you to a new destination from September through December.

"We are the Palestinian refugees", a film by Agnès Merlet

The setting for the director's new film is the Burj el-Barajneh refugee camp, in the southern suburbs of Beirut. A city in the city filled to bursting with 30,000 people and their cargo of hopes and dreams. Agnès Merlet depicts the repetitive everyday grind of inhabitants in the labyrinth of the camp, where life never stops, both day and night.

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Through the eyes of the Lebanese Christina Malkoun

The Burj el-Barajneh camp in the southern suburbs of the Lebanese capital is not an unknown territory to her. Her images recount the destiny of its inhabitants, the stigmata of war, the fleeting joys of the everyday existence of people awaiting a new life, in a city of cubes piled up one on top of the other.

Atiq Rahimi writes to the refugees of Bourj el-Barajneh

Novelist, director, observer: Atiq Rahimi strolls through the streets of Bourj el-Barajneh, where it is difficult to see the sky. From this walkabout and the people he meets, he has brought back a postbag full of letters.

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"Mukhayam - Little Palestine", a comic by Didier Kassaï

After surviving the black days of the Central African conflict, Didier Kassaï set off for Lebanon. For ARTE Reportage, Didier Kassaï wandered through the maze of the Burj el-Barajneh camp to recount the daily existence of Palestinian refugees, turned upside-down by the arrival of Syrian refugees.