Posted by: r.m. | March 11, 2011

UNRWA, privatized health care, and racism

What is at play here?

Corruption and indifference at UNRWA leading to the official inability to pay for health care

Neo-liberal capitalism represented in the private health care system that turns needed patients away

and Racism by Lebanese NGOS that allows them to toss Palestinians to the door of UNRWA while knowing that UNRWA is at best incompetent.

We all suffer, we all lose, when any one in need of health care is turned away because of an inability to pay.


وليد طه: ضحية جديدة لصمم الأونروا

أحمد محسن

يبدو أن وفاة الطفل الفلسطيني محمد طه لم تحرّك ساكناً في جفون المعنيين عن ملف استشفاء اللاجئين الفلسطينيين في لبنان. محمد، الذي توفي أول من أمس، على باب أحد المستشفيات، بات رمزاً جديداً للتدليل على فظاعة الوضع الصحي الذي يواجهه الفلسطينيون هنا في لبنان. وفي استمرار لمعاناة هؤلاء اللاجئين الصحية مع دوائر الاستشفاء المحليّة، ما زال اللاجئ وليد طه (60 عاماً) راقداً في مستشفى الجامعة الأميركية في بيروت، بعد دخوله إليه إثر احتراق منزله الكائن في دوحة عرمون، منذ 13 يوماً من دون أي علاج،



  1. Is that an issue concerning some Palestinian cases, or it’s the whole Palestinian case that is involved? I believe that United Nations must start looking for the Palestine exile in a fair eye. Some millions of people are refugees in the world without identity, without basic human rights and without any hope.
    Sure the parents of this Palestinian baby who died suffered for the loss of their son, but after a while they will think, that it was better for him this end, than growing up for no hope, no future, and no identity. Similar problems have been happening with the first refugee generation then the actual one and will happen for the coming generation if the UN did not make final settlement of the Palestinian case.
    Is my heart too hard to say it this way? Not at all, the future is too dark for them. The actual situation for Palestinians will surely lead to a no sense life, and result more tragic stories and a lot of violence in reaction.

  2. Reina, are you claiming that it is better for the child to have died rather than to have lived – and that the parents of this child will agree with you? Are you claiming that it is better to convince the parents of this claim rather than work to ensure that no one dies at the door of the hospital in Lebanon?

    The future is dark, yes, Reina, I agree with you — IF we continue to accept the deaths of children rather than working for a change. The future is dark – IF we continue to lay the responsibility on the UN rather than on our shoulders as Lebanese.

    -Rania Masri

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