Foreign Policy Magazine

How to Fund a Refugee Camp School

BAR ELIAS, LEBANON—The dirt paths in the encampments turn into rivers of mud when it rains. Cold leaks through the canvas tents in the winter; some refugees have frozen to death during particularly vicious storms. But now it’s spring, and the fields outside the town of Bar Elias are green with budding wheat and potatoes. Inside the blue-and-white tents dotting these fields, however, the struggles to build a life remain as daunting as ever.

There are no well-ordered, state-run refugee camps in Lebanon; everything is haphazard. The tent encampments are built on private land,

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