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Syrian children from the school of the parish of Qaa ar-Rim. Most of them just arrived fleeing the battles from northern Syria, and many have lost some of their relatives.
Recorded during January - Feb 2014 when the population of Qaa there were in critical moments surrounded by Syrian rebels attacking the towns of Hermel and Qaa firing rockets. Qaa is the first village on the Lebanese border and has been linked since the beginning of the war because of the proximity of several battles like Al-Qussair a year ago or Yabroud and Qalamoun when these images were recorded (see the map)
Lebanon's coastline has been a vital part of sustaining lives for thousands of years. However, in recent years, it has become unproductive as a means of subsistence due to privatization and pollution. Local fishermen of many different religions and backgrounds still attempt to scrape a living despite the depleted fish sources and pressure to move away by big business and government.
The Daliyeh, one of the last public spaces left in Beirut, contains the Daliyeh Marina, a small but fully working fishing port which provides a work base for an estimated 60-70 fisherman. The marina is under serious threat of permanent destruction due a hotel project that is due to be built on the Daliyeh rock. The project is funded by the Hariri family, one of the most economically and politically powerful families in Lebanon. The hotel would result in a significant loss to the fishermen and their families who have been working in this area their whole lives. The proposed project would also destroy one of the last places that the local Lebanese can use as a beach for leisure.
The loss of the marina isn't the only pressing issue that is affecting the livelihoods of these men and the families they support. Most of Lebanon's solid waste is deposited in landfills which border the coast, slowly leaking pollution into the ocean. Many fishermen admit that they sometimes purposely salvage large pieces of metal to sell as scrap. The sewers also deposit straight into the Mediterranean, usually completely untreated and containing industrial waste from factories.
Perhaps one of the biggest problems is overfishing. The use of illegal nets, which are used even during the spawning seasons, are having a devastating effect on the fish population, threatening to put many fisherman out of work. Each fishing community seems to have a different viewpoint on managing overfishing in Lebanon; any rules in place are not strictly enforced. Illegal fishing is a product of desperation due to the hardship these fishermen are facing as they continue to work in what appears to be a doomed profession. They often earn as little as $30 US Dollars a day which means that what they catch is often what they and their families eat. Many of the fishermen have no training or skills in any other potential occupation, so they will press on despite the many problems they face. “Fishing is all I know”, Says Hamzi Khalil, 63, “We fish, we eat. We don’t fish – we don’t eat.”
June 25, 2014
Aftermath of a bombing at the Duroy hotel in Beirut. A suicide bomber detonated his bomb in his room after police tried to raid the hotel and arrest him.
The aftermath of a bomb near an army checkpoint in Beirut, which left a general security officer dead and at least 12 more injured. General Security officer Abdel Karim Hodroj was killed in the blast caused by a suicide bomber. Many of those injured were football fans in a nearby café who were celebrating Brazil’s World Cup victory, moments before. The Lebanese army released a statement saying that the culprit was a Syrian man, driving a Mercedes rigged with 25 kg of explosives. The army then cordoned off the area so the military police could conduct an investigation. This is the second suicide bomb in three days after a blast at an army checkpoint in eastern Lebanon, killed two soldiers on Friday.
June 20, 2014
Dahr al-Baydar, Bekaa, Lebanon
Lebanese Army soldiers and civilians scramble to help each other immediately after a suicide car bomb exploded near a Lebanese Internal Security Forces checkpoint in Dahr al-Baydar, in the Bekaa valley. The checkpoint is located on the main Beirut-Damascus highway and the blast comes on the same day of a major security crackdown against suspected Islamist militants in Lebanon.
The Lebanese Red Cross issued a report soon after saying that two people were killed and eighteen wounded as a result of the blast.
June 10, 2014
Outspoken Jordanian artist and rape survivor Manal Samir exhibits her art in Byblos, Lebanon. She cannot show her artwork in Jordan because of the social constraints and taboos that surround the issues of rape and mental illness. 34 year old Manal Samir was first raped by her close relative at the age of 4. The sexual abuse continued until she reached the age of 15 and was old enough to know it was wrong and speak out against it. She got married at the age of 27, but divorced after just 2 years. An art school graduate, she uses her artwork art work confronts her childhood trauma and failed marriage. Manal also suffers from Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
(01:07) “I want to say so many things, first of fall I want to say that this kind of damage is very painful and dangerous; nobody can imagine the repercussions of it. I could have hidden my face, and appeared only as a voice, but how many people have appeared only with a voice and their faces hidden? No I will appear with my face and voice, and speak out loud. This harm should stop, because this kind of harm burns the life of the person, it is a horrible thing for a child to be killed before they grow up, if you want to hurt a child, kill him, just do not let him live a sick fragile life and that is why I am trying to deliver that message” (01:58)
(02:41) “I am not only addressing the Arab world with my message, I am addressing it to the whole world, millions around the world are suffering from this difficult issue and they are living a very numb and confused life, I do not know how years are passing by to them” (03:04)
(03:38) “A person grows and gets blamed for being violent or harmful or wrong but in reality they are a victim” (03:50)
(04:30) “Beirut, I love it so much, we all know how much harm Beirut has suffered from, financially and emotionally, and all kinds of harm, till Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri came and got Beirut up on its feet, and I consider myself, of course if you allow me and it is an honor to be a twin with Beirut, because I rise from the ashes, just as Beirut rises from the ashes, Manal also falls and always rises, and she likes to be similar to Beirut, and I wish you would accept me to be a twin of Beirut” (05:17)
(06:10) “This piece specifically is not like any other piece, it has nothing to do with the sexual harm, it is related to a damage that happened later on; this is a young beautiful girl who can grow up to be like all the other young girls, like my sisters, or anybody else but they destroyed her life in a different way, she almost hit puberty, she did not actually and look where she found herself, she is wearing something she does not even understand what it is, she is wearing shorts underneath, she truly does not understand anything, and when this young girl grows up she will become like this picture and she will suffer from enormous pain and her life will become ashes and broken glass, and we do not want that, please stop” (07:24)
(08:00) “My whole purpose is to find help everywhere just as I found help here in Beirut because I want to deliver my message to the furthest places on earth, and a little while ago I got someone telling me that a similar thing happened to them when they were a child and they thanked me for the encouragment, this is a small fragment of my dreams” (08:35)
04.06.2014 - Beirut, Lebanon. A girl texts during a roof-top party. The night-life scene in Beirut is one of the most important in the world, with record-breaking sound systems and growing interests for clubbing among youngsters
June 4, 2014
Security forces in downtown Beirut step up security measures in preparation for the visit of American Secretary of State John Kerry with Lebanese Prime Minister Tamam Salam.
Sagesse fans are cheering and encouraging their team in the final match between Sagesse and Sporting in Fouad Shehab stadium
Sagesse fans in Fouad Shehab stadium raising their arms while chanting the national Lebanese anthem.
Sagesse fans cheering for their team in Fouad Shehab stadium.
Parliament member Nadim Gemayel is taking a selfie with a Sagesse fan among the crowds.
A chaotic scene at the end of the match because of the fight that occurred between Sagesse and Sporting.
Elie Rustom, a player in the Sagesse team got injured and received help from the Red Cross
A chaotic scene at the end of the match because of the fight that occurred between Sagesse and Sporting..
A chaotic scene at the end of the match because of the fight that occurred between Sagesse and Sporting
Parliament member Nadim Gemayel is waving the crowds and the Sagesse team.
Nadim Gemayel, parliament member is joining the fans of Sagesse with an enthusiastic high five.
On Wednesday, May 28th, Syrians living abroad voted in the Syrian the presidential election. While some countries banned voting from taking place, Lebanon allowed the election to move forward at the Syrian embassy near Beirut. From early in the morning the road leading to the Syrian embassy was jammed for several kilometers with pedestrians, cars, buses, and Lebanese Army tanks.
The area immediately around the embassy was tense as people tried to push their way into the compound. Soldiers and Guards struggled to control the crowd. Some people fainted in the heat and others were pushed to the ground by the raucous crowd. The army did not allow photos near the embassy.
Despite the chaos, most people were in high spirits and some sang songs of adoration of Bashar Al Assad. There were also some Lebanese citizens along the road voicing their love for the Syrian president. No one spoken to outside the embassy mentioned the two other Syrian presidential candidates, Maher Al Hajjar and Hassan Al Nouri. People appeared to only voiced their desire for Bashar Al Assad to remain in power.
Inside the embassy people were not using the voting booths set up. Instead, they passed around a pen and ticked the picture of Bashar Al Assad in front of each other.
These photos were taken outside the Syrian Embassy in Yarze, Lebanon, on May 28, between 7am and 10am.
May 28, 2014
Photos show Syrian citizens living in Lebanon voting at a polling station set up at the Syrian embassy in the town of Yarzeh, near Beirut.
The polling station opened its doors at 7:00 am and will be receiving voters until 7:00 pm.
The Lebanese National News Agency (NNA) quoted the Syrian Ambassador to Lebanon, Ali Abdul Karim Ali, as saying that the voting process may have to be extended until tomorrow.
Ali told the NNA, "Syrians who have not been able to register their names, or have been prevented from voting can go to one of the polling stations on the Syrian side of the Lebanese-Syrian border on June 3rd."
The Syrian Presidential election will be held in Syria on June 3, 2014. It will be the first multi-candidate presidential election in Syria since the Assad family took power in 1971.
A selected portion of video clip that appears to show an unidentified prisoner being shocked by a taser device by Libyan interrogators in Bosleem Prison in May 2011.
A selected portion of video clip that appears to show an unidentified prisoner being wiped by Libyan interrogators in Bosleem Prison in May 2011.
A selected portion of video clip that appears to show an unidentified prisoner being kicked and shocked with a taser device by Libyan interrogators in Bosleem Prison in May 2011.
“Miroirs…” est une plongée dans la vie contemporaine des Cheikhs druzes, un témoignage photographique qui tente de capter l’essence d’une foi et d’un peuple souvent mal compris. Pour ces Cheikhs, la religion imprègne tous les aspects de la vie. Médecins, agriculteurs, écrivains, ouvriers du bâtiment : quel que soit leur métier, leur rapport au monde est empreint de compassion, d’intégrité et d’un regard tendre sur leur environnement. Tous, ils nourrissent une insatiable soif de connaissance vis-à-vis du vivant et vis-à-vis d’eux-mêmes. Une curiosité qui est souvent, et à tort, prise pour une forme d’isolement du monde.
Lebanon is being dragged into the abyss of the Syrian war and is now seeing more strife than ever since the war began three years ago. The civil war in Syrian has deeply divided Lebanese politicians and citizens. Armed clashes between supporters of Syrian President Bashar al Assad and those supporting the rebellion have erupted in different regions of the country. In the northern city of Tripoli for example, clashes opposing supporters and opponents to the Syrian regime in rivaling neighborhoods of Bab el Tabbeneh and Jabal Mohsen have left scores dead.
Hezbollah, the Lebanese Shia militant group and political party, has been openly fighting alongside with Bashar el Assad's troops, raising sectarian tensions inside Lebanon and provoking some Sunni hardliners, most of whom support the Syrian rebels. Hezbollah's stronghold in Beirut was hit by several suicide bombings in the past year as a retaliation for its involvement in Syria. As for the Bekaa Valley, rocket fire has repeatedly hit Sunni, Christian, and Shia towns located on the border with Syria.
In addition to the deterioration of the security situation and growing tensions between religious communities, Lebanon is now hosting over 1 million Syrian refugees. Most of them live in poverty and depend on aid to survive. They need everything from shelter to food, education and health services.
The influx has also put pressure on education and health systems, as well as natural resources. Wages have fallen throughout the country as Syrian workers willing to accept low pays have flooded the market. As a result of these political tensions and security threats, National elections due to be held in June 2013 have been postponed until fall 2014.
Video shot on March 21, 2014 in Arsal, Lebanon
Syrian government troops took control of the strategic town of Yabroud near the border with Lebanon, on March 16, 2014. With nowhere else to flee, hundreds of Syrian rebel fighters retreated to the Lebanese border town of Arsal.
This video shows wounded Syrian opposition fighters receiving medical treatment in a hospital in Arsal. They talk about the fighting in Yabroud.
Fighter 1: I was in Yabroud, and I was injured by the helicopter. It was shooting and I got injured.
Fighter 2: I was injured at the front, in the battle. We were fighting and throwing bombs at one another while we were ten meters away from each other and the bomb hit us. I got injured while we were resisting them. My leg and my arm wre amputated while another bomb hit again and injured me one more time. They’re destroying our houses and dropping bombs on us and fighting us with artillery weapons and guns, slaughtering our children. This horrible system doesn’t have mercy for children or humans or nature or anything, criminals.
Abu Abdo Al Homsi -FSA fighter in Fjr Al Islam: I belong to the troop of Fajr Al Islam. I was fighting on the Yabroud front, Erbeen specifically. There are many types of weapons they used against us such as the “Cornet Rockets” that has a range of 7 kilometers. What is special about this rocket is that it has sensors that allow it to track the machinery wherever it goes. Another kind is the Thermobaric Weapons. It’s a kind of explosive that uses the oxygen in the surrounding and then explodes taking the whole house down.
Hezbollah was there, mostly “Badr” Troop, and also the troop of Abu Al Fadel Al Abbas which belongs to Iraq. I don’t know what to tell you. There was betrayal from many troops and the amount of weaponry was huge. Some people benefited from the death and suffering of the men you’ve seen. I’m a fighter and always will be, wherever I am I will always hold the banner of ‘’La Ilah Ella Allah, Mohammad Rasool Allah’’.
- Shot of the hospital in Ersal. - Interview with wounded FSA fighter 1 - Various shots of wounded FSA fighters. - Interview with wounded FSA fighter 2 - Various shots of wounded FSA fighters -Interview with Abu Abdo Al Homsi, an FSA fighter in Fajr Al Islam.
April 3rd, 2014
Bekaa Valley, Lebanon
The Lebanese NGO "Beyond" is helping a young Syrian refugee girl cope with psychological problems through art. After the death of her father in Syria, eleven year old Fatima fled the civil war with her mother, brother and sister to the Debagha Camp in Zahle in the eastern Bekaa Valley. But her mother died of Meningitis in January causing Fatima to isolate herself from her surroundings. Art lessons given by "Beyond" instructors are helping Fatima express herself and they say she has been able to improve her social communication skills through her drawings.
Social workers and activists from the NGO are visiting refugee camps in Lebanon to study the behavior of children and organize social and educational activities to help them.
My father is dead and we came here me and my mother and my sister and my brother, we came here and we had debts, we worked in harvesting potatoes, and then my mother died in the time of the storm.
I drew a house and our family, I drew two ducks and a rose covered arch, I drew a house and flowers all around, and the sea.
Racha Obeid - Social Worker (Beyond):
Throughout our research and our field trips, I noticed that Fatima was isolated when she sits in her classes, doesn’t communicate well with her friends, on her own in the playground, of course the death of her mother affected her and caused her emotional emptiness, lack of affection. Our purpose is to get her out if this condition. We directed her to take art classes to express herself and improve her artistic talent.
Khaled - Art Teacher:
At first she used to draw natural scenes, such as a house, trees … After what she went through she started saying: “I miss the sea, I want to be at the sea at watch the ships” so she started drawing the sea.
So I started teaching her how to express her feelings though drawing, and now she is being able to produce drawings.
Bab el Tabbeneh, a Sunni neighborhood where most people support the Syrian rebels, is one of the poorest areas in Lebanon. It faces Jabal Mohsen, a majority Alawite neighborhood that is devoted to Syrian President Bashar el Assad and his government.
Since the beginning of the Syrian war in 2011, both areas have engaged in violent rounds of clashes. The fighters in Bab el Tabbeneh are all young unemployed men - as the area is plagued with unemployment and poverty. Public services are scarce, and the inhabitants feel abandoned by the authorities.
Women and children try to live normally despite the constant gunshots and sounds of RPGs and mortars nearby. This intimate photo essay shows how ordinary people are trying to cope with the stress and fighting in their neighborhood. When fighting flares up, people hide in rooms that face away from the street, sometimes for days. Schools in the neighborhood are forced to close, frequently interrupting the children’s education. Families have to live with long power cuts and in apartments riddled with bullets.
Our photographer went several times to Bab el Tabbeneh and shared the daily life of different families. One of them is the Abu Bashir family. Unlike many families from Bab el Tabbeneh, none of the six Abu Bashir children dropped out of school: Bashir, 26, is now enrolled in the Special Forces of the Lebanese army. Rim, 24, just finished her studies and is now a doctor. Mohammed, 22, is studying economics and dreams of entering politics. The youngest ones, Nour, 16, Racha, 15 and Ahmed, 12, are all going to school. Nour would like to become a journalist.
The photographer also met Saloua, the young wife of a local militia leader, Abu Omar. At the time, Saloua was 8 months pregnant with her third child. She was hoping it would be a girl, as boys are more likely to become fighters and get killed.
A fisherman at sea
Boats of Al Daliah fishermen
A fisherman at sea
One of the fishermen's boats parked in the port
The house of one of the fishermen that is doomed to be remved.
Sababira works in fishing to support her children after the death of her husband who was a fisherman.
A photograph of a truck carrying sand to the area that was supposed to be built.
Fishermen setting tires on fire protesting against the decision taken to remove the houses in the Al Daliah port inhabited by them for the past 50 years.
One of Al Daliah fishermen carrying a big fish he had caught.
fFishermen's wives protesting by blocking the road of Ain Mrayse against the law suit filed by Fahed, Hind, Nazek Al Hariri, the heirs of the deceased prime minister Rfik Al Hariri for removing their houses that occupy personal property belongs to Al Hariri family.
A boat that is no longer used,thrown next to the rocks they were going to be used for building the area.