MIEH MIEH, LEBANON
The Palestinian Safed school in the southern Lebanese refugee camp at Mieh Mieh has remained open despite difficulties.
MIEH MIEH, LEBANON
1. GV TILT UP EXTERIOR Safed School 0.10
2. SV INTERIOR Classroom in Safed School, child reading, child at board (4 shots) 0.45
3. CU & SVs English lesson (3 shots) 1.05
4. SVs Children reciting lesson (2 shots) 1.22
5. SV Headmaster, Tafer Mahmoud Tafer speaking (SOT) 2.09
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT (SEQUENCE FIVE): TAFER MAHMOUD TAFER: "Last year the number of students was about 530. This year, specially after the burning of the lower part of the village, of the camp, many of the families were obliged to leave to Sidon or to Ein Helweh or to other cities and villages here in the area. So the number of students became about 327. The number of teachers last year was about 21. Now this year the number is less than that, it is about 17. Three of them are still detained in Ansar by the Israeli occupying forces."
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Background: MIEH MIEH, LEBANON
The Palestinian Safed school in the southern Lebanese refugee camp at Mieh Mieh has remained open despite difficulties. After an Israeli attack last year (1982), many of the Palestinian families had to move to other villages in the area. According to the headmaster, Tafer Mahmoud Tafer the roll then fell from 530 to 327. Three of the teachers were taken to the Israeli prison camp of Ansar. The school building was erected in 1909 by United States missionaries. During the second world war the French used it a goal and many Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian leaders were held there. Following the partition of Palestine in 1948, the building was occupied by some of the 5,000 Palestinian refugees settled in Mieh Mieh. IN 1952 the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, UNWRA, established a school on the first floor. Tafer Mahmoud Tafer was a pupil and became head teacher in 1967. UNWRA pays for tuition in the school which is open from eight in the morning to one-thirty in the afternoon. After the Israelis moved into Lebanon last summer, the school was again occupied by refugee families. It has since reopened, but is hampered by lack of equipment, particularly for its laboratory.
Source: REUTERS - BOB DIETZ