photo: Agata Grzybowska

Beirut, Lebanon, 2022

A street in Sabra and Shatila refugee camp for Palestinian, Syrian, and Lebanese refugees.

Sabra was once a low-income neighborhood in West Beirut, adjacent to Shatila, a refugee camp established, in 1949, for displaced Palestinians. Over the years, the boundaries between Sabra and Shatila blurred, to the point that they are referred to now as the “Sabra and Shatila camps.”

At present, these camps provide shelter for refugees from Syria, Bangladesh, and Egypt, as well as for impoverished Lebanese whose living standards have suffered as a result of the country’s economic crisis.