Muhammad Alloush, a 68-year-old born and raised in the Lebanese city of Tripoli, knows every corner of an area known as the Strangers' Cemetery.
"There are many people buried here," he says, listing nationalities including Lebanese, Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians, Somalis and Bangladeshis. "Some of them were buried here without their families knowing," he adds, pointing to the graves.
Because many of the deceased are foreigners, the place was called the Strangers' Cemetery. As he wanders through its narrow passes, Muhammad explains: "In the 1960s, many poor Lebanese and Palestinians moved to Tripoli in search of work and better living conditions, [they] found refuge in this cemetery run by the city's Muslim community."
Initially, the families were offered the chance to settle on the edges of the graveyard, but as the city grew, its urban sprawl moved into the 150-year-old cemetery proper. (All photos by Florient Zwein)