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When temporary doesn’t feel so temporary – Interview with Palestinian Refugee Amina Ashkar

Norfolk_Burjel-B1This month, the United Nations released a report stating that today a record 65 million people have been displaced by global conflict. As this staggering number only seems to grow, confidence in world leadership to manage these overlapping crises, let alone solve them, is at an all time low.

Since 1948, millions of Palestinians have been displaced from their homes, placed in temporary refugee camps, awaiting return to their homeland. The refugee camps in Lebanon have only become more crowded with new waves of refugees fleeing conflict in Syria as they seek haven in neighboring countries. Today, I speak Amina Ashkar, born in the Burj al-Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon on the situation in Lebanon, the peace process, and her message to Arab-Americans.

Photo Credit: Simon Norfolk

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