A man prays near a grave at the Ghorabaa cemetery in Tripoli, Thursday, June 18, 2015. (The Daily Star/Fathi Masri)
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In the small seaside Akkar village of Qubbet Shamra sits a plot of land almost completely congested with gravestones.This secluded cemetery has become known to Syrian refugees throughout Lebanon, as it is one of the few places in which refugees are allowed to bury their loved ones with no questions asked. Many of Lebanon's over-1 million Syrian refugees are struggling to meet the costs of burials, and in some cases locals are barring them from interning their deceased in cemeteries. Abu Hassan says they've had burials from all over Lebanon, and even some Syrians flown in from Mauritania and Algeria whose families are currently refugees in Lebanon.Khalid al-Asmar, head of the Qubbet Shamra municipality, said that he allowed the site to be used by refugees after locals refused to let the Syrians use the village's other cemeteries. Since most Syrian refugees are Muslim, they follow Islamic procedures for burials, which stipulate that bodies must be buried as soon as possible.Abu Taha helps families bury at the Ghorabaa Cemetery in Tripoli but he said that it is currently overflowing due to the influx of refugees.
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