Rosemary Sayigh, Electronic Lebanon, Aug 27, 2007
(an anthropologist and oral historian living in Beirut, author of Palestinians: From Peasants to Revolutionaries (1979) and Too Many Enemies: The Palestinian Experience in Lebanon (1994))
"Public health expert Michael Marmot underlines the relation between health and two fundamental human needs: autonomy and full social participation, adding that "deprived of a clean safe neighborhood, meaningful work, freedom from police harassment and arrest, and freedoms from violence and aggression, it is harder to have control over one's life or be a full social participant."  The values Marmot describes are ones that camp refugees in Lebanon -- like Palestinians in many other places -- do not have. Rosemary Sayigh analyzes the impact of the political situation on the health rights of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon......."
A Palestinian woman from Nahr al-Bared collects a bag full of basic supplies like soap, household cleaning items and toilet paper in Shatila refugee camp where her and many others are currently staying after fleeing the violence in Nahr al-Bared. She shouts to those around that the aid is not enough for her and her family who left Nahr al-Bared with nothing and are unable to work and provide such basic necessities for themselves, 9 August 2007. (Matthew Cassel)