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Thanks to early preventative measures set in place and practiced nationwide, Lebanon has seen fewer than 1,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of May 11, 2020. However, the closing down of local industries, businesses, restaurants and educational facilities has meant nonprofit organizations, such as Anera (American Near East Refugee Aid), had to step in. Their efforts have supported Lebanon in a myriad of ways: educational, nutritional, medical, and social. Anera’s country director, Samar El Yassir, feared for the well-being of many vulnerable communities across Lebanon, posing the question, “What does it mean when you shut down a country that was already…

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Ein El Hilweh is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. It was established in 1948 by the International Committee of the Red Cross. Since then it has witnessed violent clashes, aerial bombing and years of bloody conflict. Beginning in 2012, the camp’s population swelled from 70,000 to more than 120,000 due to the influx of refugees from Syria. Some of these newcomers were Palestinians who had already been refugees in Syria, now forced to flee a new conflict. In 2016, Lebanese authorities built a wall with watchtowers around the camp. The camp is known for its security problems, due to the disputes between political factions and small arms weaponry circulating in the camp. The clusters of small, grey, concrete houses leaning on one another do little to alleviate the overcrowding in this under-serviced urban camp. Despite these hardships, the residents of this camp have made it their home away…