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Conflict Analysis Digest, May 2015

Spatial fragmentation and rise in poverty: the conflict context in Saida


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Resource type:Research, reports and studies
Keywords:Conflict, violence & peace, Host Communities, Poverty, Refugees/IDPs, Urban
Agency:Lebanon Support
Author(s):Rizk, D. et al.
Date published:May 2015

This short report provides a contextual and analytical summary of the conflict in the region of Saida, south of Lebanon, with a focus on spatial struggles and poverty growth. It describes the main conflict actors and how they have historically contributed to the shaping of conflictual dynamics in Saida from the fifties until today. Findings highlight that while most observers and media attention are focusing on the “radical Islamist danger,” stakeholders and social actors in the city perceive the most pressing threats to be notably related to social factors, including the density of the population, spatial fragmentation, and rise in poverty.

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