A Syrian has admitted to raping and killing a 26-year-old woman in a small Christian village in northern Lebanon.
Chidiac’s killing touched a nerve among Lebanese who feel they are shouldering a disproportionate share of the refugee crisis. Calls are mounting for the refugees to be sent back regardless of conditions inside Syria. The country’s most senior Christian prelate called their presence “unbearable.” The foreign minister Gebran Bassil tweeted on Sunday that Lebanese are “racist” and want the refugees gone. “Every foreigner present in our land against our will is occupying our land,” he said.
When Syrians began streaming into Lebanon six years ago to escape their country’s war, around 1,000 of them found a welcome in the small Christian village of Miziara, in the pine-clad mountains of the north.
That was until the discovery in her home last month of the body of Raya Chidiac, 26, a daughter of one of the village’s wealthiest businessmen. She had been bound, raped and suffocated with a plastic bag. The Syrian caretaker at the family’s home confessed to the killing, was arrested and charged with her murder.
The ensuing backlash against Syrians has rippled across Lebanon, exposing razor-sharp tensions between the country’s 1 million Syrian refugees and their hosts that increasingly threaten to open up Lebanon’s own fragile sectarian divides.
From CIW NEWS Contributor
Lebanon crime immigration
Miziara, North Governorate, Lebanon
Lebanon (LB) is estimated to have a population of 6.0 million with a growth rate during 2010-2015 of 6.0% pa.
At the same rate of change, in five years' time its population will increase by 2 million.