Refugees Tension and Solidarity

Syrian refugees: Tension and solidarity in exile in Lebanon

Captured by photographer Diego Ibarra Sanchez, and Syrian journalist Ali Alsheikh Khedr, these stories give an insight into the lives of Syrian refugees and Lebanese hosts in Akkar in northern Lebanon and the Bekaa Valley. 

Nationally, political and media narratives about refugees are becoming more hostile, with increasing calls for the return of refugees back to Syria. Divisive narratives – on reinforcing national borders and restricting the movement of those fleeing war and conflict - are also being echoed internationally, as anti-immigrant sentiments become troublingly mainstream. In this context, the personal stories of Syrian refugees and their hosts are rarely heard. These photos explore Syrian and Lebanese peoples’ experiences of exile, separation, solidarity and support, bringing humanity back to the centre of the Syrian refugee crisis.