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Tom Charles


An Ongoing Nakba: The Plight of Palestinian Refugees in Iraq

[Al-Tanf camp in No Man's Land on the Syria-Iraq border, which was closed by UNHCR and the Syrian government in 2010. Image by Thierry Esch.]

In September 2011, the month that Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud ‘Abbas, submitted Palestine’s statehood bid at the United Nations (UN), Qusai Abdul-Raouf of the Lebanon-based Palestinian Human Rights Foundation was undertaking the task of documenting the increasing number of attacks against Palestinians in the al-Baladiyyat neighbourhood of Baghdad. As he toured the neighborhood, three ...

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The Unknown Hell of Palestinian Refugees in Lebanon

[Bourj al-Barajneh Camp. Image by Tom Charles.]

For the past sixty-three years, millions of Palestinians have lived as refugees in areas of the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip and in surrounding countries. The United Nations High Commission on Refugees (UNHCR) describes their plight as “by far the most protracted and largest of all refugee problems in the world today." Three-quarters of all eleven million Palestinians throughout the world are refugees, though their plight is often ignored. Many key issues in the ...

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Tom Charles


Tom Charles is a London-based activist and was part of the delegation to Lebanon. He is on the executive committee of Labour Friends of Palestine and the Middle East and Assistant Editor of the Journal of Palestinian Refugee Studies.