Aug 082014

exhibitA photo exhibit featuring images from Burj el Barajneh, a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, is on display during Library hours through Saturday, Aug. 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 childcare for residents of the camp. 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 located in the suburbs of southern Beirut and is home to over 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 over one million Syrians have sought refuge in Lebanon. Historically, refugees in Lebanon have limited access to education, healthcare, 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 a scarce water supply, limited access to electricity, and remains heavily dependent on unreliable outside aid.