By Faten Anbar, from the “Shatila Stories” series, Shatila refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon.

Faten Anbar is a thirty-year old Palestinian-Lebanese woman, who has lived in Shatila refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon for over 20 years. She was one of  the femLENS documentary photography workshop participants, in October 2017.

Flowers of Shatila

I love roses so much, I toured the alleys of my camp, but unfortunately I could not find any roses or flowers, I found only one rose. The only plant I found I was disappointed, I was sad, my camp lacks any kind of nature and roses and flowers that adorn the place in its shape and fragrant scent. Yes, I was trying to pick up some of the plants next to one of the buildings inside the camp, so I was a little happy to have them. Yes, the camp of “Shatila” was crowded with people, houses, spaces and narrow playgrounds, but it was still beating with the love of its people. Everything changed. Despite the difficult living and all the changes, we find that the good and the steadfast are still alive inside the camp.

By Faten Anbar, from the “Flowers of Shatila” series, Shatila Refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon.
By Faten Anbar, from the “Flowers of Shatila” series, Shatila Refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon.
By Faten Anbar, from the “Flowers of Shatila” series, Shatila Refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon.
By Faten Anbar, from the “Flowers of Shatila” series, Shatila Refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon.
By Faten Anbar, from the “Flowers of Shatila” series, Shatila Refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon.
By Faten Anbar, from the “Flowers of Shatila” series, Shatila Refugee camp, Beirut, Lebanon.