Lebanon - Our communities
Ruwwad operates in Tripoli’s Bab El-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen in the North of Lebanon. They are two poverty-stricken, marginalized neighboring communities burdened by sectarian and political strife. Jabal Mohsen is nestled on a hilltop that overlooks Bab El-Tabbaneh and the Beddawi and Mankobeen regions.
The population of Bab El-Tabbaneh stands at around 60,000, while Jabal Mohsen's is an estimated 45,000. Up to 50% of residents in the two neighborhoods are unemployed, making the population vulnerable to mobilization it times of trouble.
The two neighborhoods also suffer from widespread addiction to drugs and alcohol, child labor and child marriage. Bab El-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen were prosperous regions until the flood of the 1960s caused the destruction of many buildings. The civil war soon thereafter struck Tripoli much like it did the rest of Lebanon.