RAHI: PRESENCE OF TWO MILLION REFUGEES THREATENS LEBANESE ENTITY, ECONOMY, CULTURE AND SECURITY

Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Rahi warned on Wednesday of the rural exodus and overcrowding of cities, noting that the presence of more than two million Syrian, Palestinian and Iraqi refugees threatens the Lebanese entity, its economy, its culture, its stability its and security.

"We are in solidarity with these refugees on a humanitarian level, but we also call on the international community to work seriously to put an end to the wars that are shaking the Middle East countries so that the displaced can return home," he said.

He explained that the rural exodus threatened identity, because other people will replace those who leave their land. "If the identity of the land changes, that of the country will follow," he said, before stressing the danger of overcrowding that turns people into mere numbers, far from their principles and values.

The Patriarch spoke at the inauguration of the Issam Fares Institute for Technology, affiliated with the University of Balamand.

He also called on students to focus on Lebanese values that will guide them in their national role in the future.

Source: National News Agency