The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

As many as it takes

I realize that I've now uploaded to Flickr some 400 pictures of the attack on Lebanon. At this point, one might simply go numb. After all, the scenes are repetitive: destroyed buildings, mangled bodies, crying children, shell-shocked faces of the wounded, resigned looks of refugees. But I always take time to look at each picture and find out who it is, what might have happened. So we won't forget. As Hanady (who sends the pics from Beirut) says:

Yes, more pictures. loads of pictures. Hundreds of pictures . As many pictures as people get killed. As many pictures as the number of people who flee their homes, become refugees. As many pictures as there are people who carry their children and walk , under the sun , on the rubbles , under their air raids , their shells, their bombs, their bullets, their prayers for more blood. As many pictuers as it will take, no to stop any of this , not to give children their lifes back , not to give those people their homes back , not to stop others , all poor who never lost their DIGNITY, from turning into beggars in the streets of Beirut. Just as many as it takes to undermine any attempts to try and convince any of us this should be forgotten, that this should be forgiven. Any attempts to convince anybody that Israel is a democracy , that Israel deserves any better than what it has to offer.
The latest pics are in this set.

Ayta Shaab Afp
An Elderly Villager Is Helped By A Relative As They Make Their Way To Safer Ground After Spending More Than A Week In A Shelter At The Southern Village Of Aitaroun Ap