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Refugee to Refugee Humanitarianism

Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh on how Baddawi camp refugees support 'new' Syrian refugees

Refugee to Refugee Humanitarianism

Drawing on her fieldwork in North Lebanon this summer, Dr Elena Fiddian-Qasmiyeh's latest piece in The Conversation examines the ways in which the established Palestinian residents of Baddawi refugee camp have responded to the arrival of tens of thousands of 'new' refugees from Syria.

While recognising the significant support provided by this under-researched refugee-refugee humanitarianism, Elena reflects upon the pressures it creates.

She concludes by arguing, "Without meaningful international support for both 'new' and 'established' refugees, the fast-approaching winter will reveal the unsustainability of life and living, livelihoods and local responses in such a context of widespread, and overlapping, precariousness."

This study forms part of Elena's broader research into Southern-led responses to conflict-induced displacement in the Middle East, for which she was recently awarded a 2015 Philip Leverhulme Prize.



Baddawi camp (EPA/Nabil Mounzer)