As the civil war continues in Lebanon the possibility of partition increases -- and so too does the number of people made homeless by the fighting.
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Reuters report from Beirut that foreign embassies in the city have been reluctant to get embroiled in the possibility of Lebanon's partition, an involvement they feel would result from posting staff permanently in right-wing territory. But West Germany has already opened a consulate in the right-wing stronghold of Jounieh, north of Beirut.
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Background: As the civil war continues in Lebanon the possibility of partition increases -- and so too does the number of people made homeless by the fighting.
SYNOPSIS: Beirut is already divided into West - held by Moslems, Palestinians and left-wingers and East held by Christians, Falangists, Chamounists and other right-wingers. Both sides have their refugee problem to cope with, the number of people displaced by the civil war continues to grow and in east Beirut christian refugee families have been living in Maronite Mission shelters for as long as seven months. Some of these make-shift communes even appear to have an air of permanence about them.
Welfare organisations provided help in the early stages, but nowadays the shelters are virtually self-sufficient, with chores like cooking, mending and child-minding taken care of on a communal basis. Some families still prefer to live in tents until their houses are repaired and observers in Beirut say that most of the refugees have accepted their plight with dignity - thankfull to have survived the fighting that destroyed their homes.