A photo exhibit featuring images from Burj el Barajneh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, is on display at West Falmouth Library, 575 West Falmouth Highway, during library hours through Saturday, August 16.
The photos document daily life in the camp, with a specific focus on a women’s learning center in the camp that provides education, vocational training, and child care. The photos were taken by students and teachers in an English class at the center, including Lucia Mock of West Falmouth, as part of a project promoting identity exploration and empowerment.
Burj el Barajneh is in the suburbs of southern Beirut and is home to more than 28,000 refugees. Founded in 1948, it houses refugees from Palestine as well as Syrians fleeing the Syrian civil war. The population of the camp has grown drastically over the past few years as more than one million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon.
Historically, refugees in Lebanon have limited access to education, health care, economic opportunities, and work permits. Of the 37 percent of refugees who are employed in Lebanon, only 13 percent are women. Burj el Barajneh has scant water, limited access to electricity, and remains heavily dependent on unreliable outside aid.