Rivier van afval in Libanon

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Rivier van afval in Libanon

Child’s View – Two young Syrian refugee girls stand on a bridge covering a debris-filled waterway in an informal settlement, in the Bekaa Valley. They were photographed by Hassna, 11, who also lives in the settlement. Hassna is from Raqqa Governorate, in the Syrian Arab Republic. Between October 2013 and July 2014 in Lebanon, 500 Syrian and Palestinian refugee children had the opportunity to document their lives through photography. The project, Lahza 2, (‘Lahza’ means ‘moment’ or ‘glimpse’ in Arabic) was implemented by the NGO ZAKIRA (meaning ‘memory’ in Arabic) with UNICEF support. The participating children, who are staying in more than 200 locations across the country, were taught photography skills and given disposable cameras with which to capture their daily lives in informal settlements. Living conditions are dire in the settlements, where makeshift tents made from whatever materials are at hand become homes for entire families. The project was also intended to provide children with a form of psychosocial support – catharsis through artistic expression.

De straten van de Libanese plaats Jdeideh lopen vol met afval sinds de overheid een half jaar geleden een vuilnisbelt sloot. De autoriteiten hebben geen alternatief bedacht voor het dumpen van de miljoenen kilo’s afval uit de hoofdstad Beiroet. Daardoor is een enorme ’rivier’ van afval ontstaan.

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