The Call Shop

Welcome to the Lanka and Philippines Stores. It's a call shop, located on a small street near Tripoli's international fair. Most days, it appears empty. But on Sundays, it comes to life. Ethiopian, Sri Lankan, and Filipino women stand in the store's alley, talking on cordless phones, leaning against the wall. Those without phones gather … Continue reading The Call Shop

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Food Markets: A Way to My Heart

I love food and where it’s sold: markets. Lingering in food shops and food aisles and chatting with food vendors and food makers are some of the ways I know PLACE. Let me introduce you to some of the markets I visited in Tripoli, Lebanon. Sections and Service This market caught my attention during my … Continue reading Food Markets: A Way to My Heart

The Kids from the Ground Floor: Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon

Three times a day, like clockwork, a young boy rings our doorbell and asks, “fi zbaalé?” Any garbage? He is one of 3 boys (and 6 children) who now live on the ground floor of the apartment building where we're staying in Tripoli. The kids are Syrian refugee children, and their father, a migrant worker, … Continue reading The Kids from the Ground Floor: Syrian Refugee Children in Lebanon