The woman forced to look on helplessly as a bomb claimed the lives of her mother, sister and children; the mother reduced to scouring bins to feed her family; the 13-year-old raped daily for five months. These are the stories that cartoonist Ella Baron heard when she travelled to Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, to meet women at Médecins Sans Frontières’ health clinic
Located on one square kilometre in central Beirut, Shatila is home to an estimated 14,000 people, although the true number may be more than twice that. The camp is not policed by the Lebanese authorities and most residents have limited access to housing, employment, electricity and water. Established in 1949 to accommodate Palestinian refugees, Shatila now has a population that is more than half Syrian.
Syrian refugees seeking mental health services from Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in Shatila are suffering less from the acute trauma of war than from shifts in family dynamics and relationships caused by their displacement.
Link : ‘I watched my family die’: Shatila refugees’ suffering laid bare