The Bekaa Governorate is one of the poorest areas of the country. The effects of the civil war (between 1975 and 1990) hit the region so hard that it was classified by the United Nations as a catastrophe region and reconstruction and development were given high priority. However, living conditions remain incredibly tough to this day.
An isolated region that lives off agriculture
Lots to see from the window of their home! (photo: SOS archives)
The small town of Ksarnaba is located in central-eastern Lebanon in the Bekaa Governorate, which spans over 40 per cent of Lebanon’s land area but is home to just 12.5 per cent of the population. Ksarnaba has fewer than 3,000 inhabitants, and the region is predominantly agricultural.
Ksarnaba is one of the most isolated and neglected regions of the country. Due to its mountainous terrain and limited road access, many towns in the region are geographically quite isolated and government presence has traditionally been minimal here.
Families living in challenging conditions