(Zaman Al Wasl)- The deteriorating economic conditions, spreading of Coronavirus and the political turbulence have all a severe impact on more than one million Syrian refugees who have already endured to sersie of human rights violations and discriminatory practices.
Syrian refugees stand out as the weakest link, which will pay the heavy price of this dramatic collapse and which will be the scapegoat for the corruption and failure of political and partisan leaders.
The devastating fallout of the coronavirus on the already torn and fragile Lebanese economy can be a catalyst for yet another civil war, which had previously plunged the country into a quagmire for a decade and a half, and which this time around would be even more disastrous. To avoid such a scenario, international organizations have to respond more resolutely and swiftly to the living conditions of Syrian refugees in Lebanon.
Today, Syrian refugees are the most miserable of the refugees of the world, not only fleeing persecution in their homeland, but also finding themselves in a rather precarious situation in Lebanon, their supposed “second home”. In other words, out of the frying pan into the fire.
It is best for the Syrians to recognize their rank in Lebanon, to pragmatically examine what this country’s collapse would mean. After enduring 9 years of the horrors of asylum, they should know by now that they have become the target for everyone’s arrows, and the wild card that every political player rushes to throw in the face of their opponents. They stand alone, powerless and helpless. So, whither the refuge?
Zaman Al Wasl