Death by Neglect

Palestinians in the Bourj el-Barajneh camp are regularly killed by loose electric cables. Understanding why goes to the heart of the problems faced by hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Draped with water pipes and high voltage wires, the major fuse box that splits power from the grid in the centre of Beirut’s Bourj el-Barajneh is known locally as the “wall of death.” Rusty and exposed, it stands at head height on a major thoroughfare in this overcrowded Palestinian refugee camp. Several people have died tinkering with it over the years, and yet nothing has ever been done to make it safer.

A photostory for IRIN, the humanitarian news agency,


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