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A Normal Life. Chatila Palestinian refugee camp, Beirut.

Roberto Nistri | Lebanon

The Palestinian refugee camp of Chatila, on the southern outskirts of Beirut, covers just over one square kilometre. About 10,000 Palestinians live there, to which as many Syrian refugees have been added since the beginning of the war in Syria.

In the Palestinian refugee camp of Shatila, in Beirut, Lebanon, in September 1982, between 2,000 and 3,000 Palestinian civilians, women, the elderly, children - the exact figure has never been established - were barbarously killed by the Christian fascist militiamen of the Lebanese Phalange, supported by the Israeli army, which occupied part of the country at that time. This terrible episode indelibly marked the lives of its inhabitants. Founded in 1948 by Palestinians expelled from their lands by the Israeli army, the Chatila camp is one of the most densely populated areas on the planet. Tens of thousands of people live in a space of about one square kilometre. Streets like tunnels, buildings that have only grown upwards, undrinkable water, an impossibility to work, for its inhabitants a life with seemingly no prospects. But thanks to the action of the Palestinian NGO Beit Atfal Assumoud, the children and adolescents of Chatila attend school, music and dance courses, study their history and traditions. A 'normal' life is only possible thanks to the passionate work of the Assomoud workers and the volunteers who, from all over the world, support them.


The web page of the Palestinian NGO Beit Atfal Assumoud




Phone number +393384670822

E-mail: info@robertonistri.com


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