Les murs d'Ouzaï
Society Pop culture, 06 December 2018
Les murs d'Ouzaï

The controversial walls of Ouzai

Chronicle by Isabelle Rodriguez

Anybody who flies into Beirut is bound to come face to face with the slum of Ouzai upon exiting the airport. There, amidst 4 km2 of abandoned constructions piled one upon the other and for the most part illegally built by displaced populations, is where Ayad Nasser grew up prior to becoming a wealthy real estate mogul in France. Ouzai is a neglected neighborhood with a bad reputation—violence, poverty, overpopulation—but it is also one that the young entrepreneur has never forgotten.