Inside Lebanon's Shatila camp
Updated 14:39, 03-Feb-2019
By Natalie Carney
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Shatila camp in the Lebanese capital Beirut is home to tens of thousands of refugees, including Palestinians and newly-arrived Syrians.

Fuad Abu Khaled used to live in a camp in Syria. When the civil war there struck, he and his family sought refuge among their fellow Palestinians in the camp.

He told Assignment Asia: "A family that is living well here eats twice a day. That's really a rich family. A normal family eats only once a day. And there are families that sometimes cannot even afford a meal."

The United Nations, along with public and private NGOs, provide the camp's residents with some basic services.

But they're never enough, and the refugees still have to fend for themselves.

Amid the poverty and misery, some NGOs have stepped in to provide relief and offer refugees a chance at a better life.

Mahmoud Abbas Abu Mujaid is the director of the Children's Youth Centre (CYC), which helps Shatila's youth through education and recreational activities.

Refugee children in Lebanon have limited or little access to education, so the CYC offers courses to ensure they continue learning.