In 2014, IS and al-Nusra cells infiltrated Arsal (Lebanon) from Syria. After three years of war and terror-rule which tore the community apart, Arsal’s mayor now tries to bring it back together. He does this through initiating and facilitating dialogues and mediation (sulha sessions) between host Lebanese and Syrian refugees. Next to that, Arsal’s mayor fights for equal treatment and equal access to public services within the community. Arsal’s community is now at a point of serenity and peace, and acceptant of the reality.
Below you can find the video of Arsal’s local peace initative.