In Bir Hassan, a building where many have found refuge during the Lebanese war now faces eviction after years of neglect. Originally housing war-displaced residents, the building’s new owners aim to evict the dwellers, deemed “illegal”. These threats echo larger debates about the neglect of informal settlements and challenges faced by those seeking safe and affordable housing in Beirut and its outskirts. In fact, informal areas house over 61.1% of the Lebanese urban population; however, they face erasure in favour of real estate development, raising questions about the state’s responsibility to protect such communities.
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