Ramadan Kareem” is the commonly used phrase to express congratulations during the month of fasting. This phrase, which refers to generosity, holds a lot of credibility because Ramadan is considered as a month of goodness for Muslims, where acts of charity and good deeds increase.

However, this year, Lebanon and especially the Palestinian refugee camps are going through difficult circumstances due to the deterioration of the Lebanese pound exchange rate against the US dollar.

In a conversation conducted by the “Mukhayyamats Post “page with a woman in the market of Ain al-Hilweh camp before Ramadan, in response to a question about the prices of goods, the woman answered, “I bought this gallon of oil not long ago for 130,000 LBP, but today I bought it for 660,000 LBP.”

The cost of basic necessities paid by Palestinian refugees in Lebanon’ has become expensive in US dollars, which currently equals around 107,000 LBP.

In light of the significant deterioration in the value of the Lebanese pound equivalent to the dollar, most employees still receive their salaries in Lebanese pounds, which is the normal situation for most workers and employees in the camps, except for two main sources of income, the monthly salaries of UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees) employees and the salaries of members of Palestinian organizations, in addition to the salaries of NGO employees.

However, the role of expatriate funds cannot be ignored in supporting their families.

Despite this, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon’s camps are among the most marginalized groups in Lebanese society.

After 75 years since the Nakba, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon are still deprived of most of the free professions enjoyed by any normal human being. And because of these policies, Palestinians feel more and more isolated within the framework of the state, which is reinforced by the nature of the isolated camps from the Lebanese environment.

In conclusion, Ramadan this year in Palestinian refugee camps is a tough test of the refugees’ ability to withstand the economic crisis, and a test of humanity to stand with a people who continue to suffer from the consequences of their displacement from their homeland even after 75 years.