Tracing Beirut’s urban faultlines
Almost three decades have passed since the end of Lebanon’s civil war. Beirut, however, remains locked in a post-conflict state, submerged in an urban psychosis.
Fuelled by expandable refugee labour from neighbouring Syria, and funded by mass private wealth and fleeing public sector, Beirut is again harbouring the same social conditions preluding previous conflicts.
Newfound wealth has divided the emerging elites from impoverished peripheries, and entrenched the power of the once warlords, now made into suited parliamentarians.