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Lebanese woman digs up son’s grave to make space for Syrian boy

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A Lebanese woman dug up the grave of her son in order to make space for a Syrian refugee boy who died in a fire and had no place to be buried last week.

Refugees Without Borders posted images on Facebook showing the woman digging up the grave in the Bekaa Valley. The post read: “Lebanese woman opens the grave of her son , who died a year ago and buried a Syrian boy who died yesterday due to the fire that broke out at a refugee camp in the Bekaa Valley, after all villages refused to bury him in their tombs.”

Local news reported that it isn’t clear why the graveyards refused to Syrian boy, however many municipalities in the country issued restrictions preventing refugees from being buried in cemeteries due to overcrowding.

Lebanon is home to 1.5 million registered refugees, making up 30% of the Lebanese population. Many of them occupy camps in the Bekaa valley and in the north of Lebanon, with dire living conditions and little to no resources.