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Digging up the Body of a Syrian Child in Lebanon: The Graveyard is “not for Foreigners”

The removal of a dead Syrian child from a cemetery has created an uproar in Lebanon, writes Al Modon
Digging up the Body of a Syrian Child in Lebanon: The Graveyard is “not for Foreigners”

Lebanese activists said that citizens in the Lebanese village of Asoun in the country’s north had dug up the body of a 4-year-old Syrian child, saying that the cemetery was for Lebanese only.

A resident in the town, in the Danniyeh district in northern Lebanon, on Friday forced the family of Syrian refugees to dig up the grave of their 4-year-old child and remove it from the town cemetery, saying that the area was too small and was only for Lebanese residents of the town.

After the matter created a split within the town and beyond and controversy on social media, the family buried their child in another town in the northern Akkar district.

The news garnered heavy interaction on social media, which prompted a clarification that the child had been killed by a Lebanese car on the road by accident and so he had been buried in a Lebanese cemetery to appease the family of the children.

The head of the religious sector in the Tripoli Religious Endowments Department, Sheikh Firas Balout, expressed his regret at this behavior and issued a statement in which he said, “digging up graves is rejected, in whole and in part, but playing it up is also rejected.” He said, “We remind everyone that our public and private sphere is not in need of new explosions.”


This article was translated and edited by The Syrian Observer. The Syrian Observer has not verified the content of this story. Responsibility for the information and views set out in this article lies entirely with the author.

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