Toddlers play in Rayhanieh refugee camp.
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For the past two weeks, Isra Mohammed Bakar has lived in fear of eviction. Her husband passed away two years ago, in the same tent she still inhabits with her two children in the camp of Rayhanieh in north Lebanon. Over three years in the camp, she rebuilt the sense of community that was lost when she fled Barri Sharqi, a village located in the Hama governorate in Syria. However according to Mohammed Nour, North Branch Manager for URDA – an NGO that provides humanitarian assistance and rents the land where the camp is located – the decision no longer stands.Since then, the NGO engaged in negotiations with the authorities and managed to delay the date of the evacuation three times before the eviction order was withdrawn Friday.Although the camp is located in Minyeh-Dinnieh, it is administered through the Akkar municipality of Bibnine.As well as potentially dismantling the newly formed communities and leaving people with no other place to go, an eviction would likely negatively affect the lives of the 263 children in the camp.The Rayhanieh camp is also home to elderly people and those with special needs.
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