One major electrical fuse box in the camp is so dangerous it has become known as the “Wall of Death.”
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The issue itself cuts to the heart of both camp governance and the plight of Palestinian refugees.While the struggle for safe electricity has been an issue since the camps were first established as a temporary settlement for Palestinian refugees fleeing the formation of Israel in 1948, Abou Taka said this year has been the deadliest to date.Camp officials say that there have been at least 50 deaths from electrocution in the last six years alone.Like many Palestinians in the country today, Abou Taka was born in Lebanon and the Burj al-Barajneh camp is the only home he's ever known. Despite being a community leader, he too faces the same issues as others in his daily life in the camp.Although many residents of the camp like Hadi have claim its population is upward of 40,000, UNRWA places the official figure simply as "more than 17,945 registered refugees".Popular Committees, composed of various Palestinian factions, were established to provide governance in the camps.In short, the partners of the project have begun negotiations to build a relationship with Electricite du Liban to allow them to work directly in the camps to improve the wiring situation.Though unafraid to criticize the situation, Fared acknowledged the complexity of living as a Palestinian refugee in the camps of Lebanon.
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