An Engineering Perspective: The lessons of the camps

In Zahle, about an hour from Beirut, is an informal settlement of Syrian refugees. A place where some have been living for nearly seven years. Children playing there haven’t seen anything but the tarp dwellings that have logos of sponsors, and are patched up by anything that the dwellers can find for cheap. Young girls are married off early, and young boys are often working in harsh back-breaking conditions. The winter is severe, and the resources are scarce.