Palestinian refugee camps, long established in Lebanon, have become havens for people from other nationalities as well, most recently Syrians who fled the civil war. Accustomed to neglect or outright hostility from Lebanese officials, camp residents have come to rely on each other for support. The COVID-19 pandemic has stretched these networks of mutual aid to the limit. This article offers an intimate view of everyday life during the crisis in a camp in northern Lebanon.
Refugees’ Pandemic Responses in a Palestinian Camp in Lebanon
Yousif M. Qasmiyeh is a poet, translator, and doctoral student in literature at the University of Oxford. This essay is informed by two research projects—Refugee Hosts and Imagining Futures—funded by the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council and the Economic and Social Research Council, and it expands on an article published in the Summer 2020 issue of the Journal of Palestine Studies. In memory of Mustafa (1943–2020).
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Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh, Yousif M. Qasmiyeh; Refugees’ Pandemic Responses in a Palestinian Camp in Lebanon. Current History 19 November 2020; 119 (821): 349–355. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/curh.2020.119.821.349
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