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04 August 2006

Brummana postscript - preview

When Gillian Turner left in May, there was no hint of the events of July

When we left Beirut at the end of May, there was no hint of the terrible events to come in July
  • We knew that Hezbollah was strong in various areas in Lebanon, that it had deputies in Parliament, ran schools and hospitals in the Palestinian camps and undertook a number of charitable works
  • Now, seeing the bombing on television we remember the areas as we saw them

  • We did not go any further south than Tyre, since heavily bombed
  • We stayed in the Christian quarter in a small hotel owned by a Lebanese man directly descended from a soldier in the Napoleonic army that invaded this part of the country
  • We ate baby barracuda bought that morning from one of the fishing boats plying its trade outside the port
  • We watched a fishing boat being built, visited the Roman site of an earlier port, bought some souvenirs from a shop selling Palestinian goods made in one of the local refugee camps, and marvelled at the beauty of the women in their bright headscarves and matching coats
  • We saw UN vehicles and were aware that ten miles down the road was the Israeli border
  • Tyre was a busy, lively peaceful place, and Ruth suggested that next time we came we should visit Qana, which she told us was the disputed Cana, where Jesus turned water into wine

  • Gillian Turner

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