Marcy Newman joins us from the Shatila Refugee Camp in Beirut
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Scholar and humanitarian aid worker Marcy Newman discusses her organization’s emergency relief efforts for Palestinian refugees in Lebanon. Some 250 families have arrived at the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut where, she says, ‘the poor are now helping the poor.’ More than half of the population of 35,000 Palestinian refugees in the Nahr el-Bared camp fled during fighting there as Palestinians mark forty years since the Six Day War with Israel.
Lebanese troops are bombing the camp and targeting the outside group that has take up residence there, ‘Fateh el-Islam.’ Marcy Newman stresses that this non Palestinian group brought the fighting to the camps but there is a lot more to the story. We hear about who they are, who has been supporting them and raise questions about a ‘proxy’ war as well as a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy involving state actors.
Marcy Newman is coordinator of the Nahr el-Bared relief campaign. She provides a web site Nahr El Bared Relief Campaign for those wishing to contribute to lifesaving aid efforts. The funds will be distributed through American University of Beirut where she is a professor.
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