Film festival in Lebanon seeks to unmask the lives of Syrian refugees

8 November 2016

A film festival has been held for the first time in Beirut, Lebanon, in an attempt to expose the plight of Syrian refugees settling in the country.

Mirielle Girard, the UN’s Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) representative in Lebanon, said that the festival is aimed at showing people what is “behind the statistics”.

She added that xenophobia in Lebanon is “mounting” due to slow economic growth caused by the war in Syria and refugees overcrowding the country’s population.

May Yaacoub spoke to Ms Girard and began by asking if the Lebanon people were aware of the perilous journey these refugees have to endure.

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