Returning Syrians refugees: “We don’t feel safe going back home. It’s all death and terrorism”


Hundreds of displaced Syrians on Thursday left Lebanon for their war-torn homeland to reunite with relatives they have not seen for months, or even years. FRANCE 24 visited the border town of Arsal to speak with those gearing up for the departure.

Some 400 refugees on Thursday crammed into trucks, tractors and buses lined up by the Lebanon-Syria border to join the convoy that would bring them back to Syria.

“I prefer to be back in my country, whatever happens, even if I die,” one returning Syrian told FRANCE 24 as he prepared for departure.

But for others, especially those who come from especially restless areas like Idlib in the northwest, it is still too premature to return.

“We don’t feel safe going there. It’s all death and terrorism. It’s better to stay here than going there and be murdered,” an Idlib native said.

According to the United Nations, 12,000 Syrians have returned from Lebanon to Syria this year alone.

  • Rascal

    The sad fact is under the unstable and bloody Assad, there is a good chance of being brutally raped and murdered if and when they return home. Assad already has stated that he doesn’t want them back. At the very least they will have lost all their property that has already been given to shiites to complete the sunni purge/genocide, at the worst they will be viewed as a security risk and disappear into one of Assads unforgiving prisons/death camps.

  • Hind Abyad

    Over 600,000 Displaced Syrians Returned Home in First 7 Months of 2017
    Themes:
    Humanitarian Emergencies
    Geneva – Between January and July 2017, 602,759 displaced Syrians returned home according to reports from IOM, the UN Migration Agency, and implementing partners on the ground. Findings indicate that the vast majority of the people (93 per cent) returning had been displaced within Syria. 7 per cent of people returned from Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Returnees from Turkey and Jordan reportedly returned mainly to Aleppo and Al Hasakeh Governorates.
    https://www.iom.int/news/over-600000-displaced-syrians-returned-home-first-7-months-2017

  • Niemals

    It must be frustrating that the returning Syrians refugees don’t feel safe going back home.

    At the same time Assad created new refugees (araud 240000) while battles continue to rage in southwest Syria – more death and terrorism.