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Started by Dave, October 08, 2016, 05:02:03 AM
Quote from: hermes2015 on October 10, 2016, 08:36:17 AMI lived in Beirut for three years in the late seventies. For various reasons we preferred to live in West Beirut, near the American University. This is a Muslim area, but it was more English than the predominantly French-speaking right-wing Christian parts of Beirut. There were intermittent periods of violence, with our part of the city under heavy shelling from the Christian side. I lay awake many nights hearing the horrible sound of neighbouring buildings being hit by shells. This was quite scary, because one kept wondering whether the next building to be hit would be ours.On a few occasions I was passing through Palestinian refugee camps, on my way to the Lebanese University where I was lecturing, when the Israelis would fly over and bomb what they claimed were military targets. I saw a number of family homes destroyed. I always felt disconnected from reality – almost like watching a movie, but later of course I used to think that I was just lucky to have survived. Forty years later I still have dreams where I relive some of those experiences.