At age 14, Um Yumna made her way from West Bekaa to settle in Beirut. After over 60 years of living in the city through earthquakes and war, she, along with her family, get evicted and find themselves going back to Barja, her husband’s town; a place she and her family knew only by name.
The story of Um Yumna’s eviction is part of a research collaboration between Public Works Studio and RELIEF centre. The project focuses on the effects of real estate policy, and the financialization of housing markets, resulting in the eviction and displacement of the most vulnerable social groups in Beirut, and turning the capital city into an exclusive and unjust place.
Read the full article in Arabic here.