Aarab el Harouq – Bedouin tribe in the Bekaa Valley

“The Arab el Harouq tribe continues to live in ambiguity, wondering why they cannot belong to Lebanese society and establish lives while accessing the benefits the government offers its citizens. They are constantly navigating between the perceptions that the Lebanese have of them and their own reality. […] Marginalization stemming from the lack of citizenship has increased poverty in the tribe. Increasing poverty has in turn deepened negative stereotypes of the Bedouins and increased their marginalization. It is this cycle that perpetuates the poverty of the Arab el Harouq tribe, and it is this cycle that must be broken if poverty is to be addressed in a serious way.” Profiles of Poverty – The human face of poverty in Lebanon, p 222.

Author: DanutM

Anglican theologian. Former Director for Faith and Development Middle East and Eastern Europe Region of World Vision International

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