War Ends but Grief Lingers in Lebanon

Reporters had a Ramadan dinner at the house of Abbas Muhakked Hashim, known as "the infant with the blue pacifier." The 10-month-old boy was killed by an Israeli attack on the village of Qana. The family is still mourning for 11 family members killed duri

War Ends but Grief Lingers in Lebanon
It has been two months since the war between Israel and Lebanon ended. The international community swiftly forgot the Lebanese civilians killed by the Israeli bombardment and those made refugees in their own country.

Although the fighting has stopped, Lebanese people are still suffering. Zaman reporters had a Ramadan dinner at the house of Abbas Muhakked Hashim, known as "the infant with the blue pacifier." The 10-month-old boy was killed by an Israeli attack on the village of Qana. The family is still mourning for 11 family members killed during the war.

We could see Ramadan joy on their faces but the breaking of the fast was a dinner eaten in a sad atmosphere. They were sad and anxious about what the future would bring. Nevertheless, they tried to seem strong before their guests, keeping their grievances to themselves.

Muhammad Hashim, Abbas's uncle, lost his wife and three children in the attacks. There was a dim expression on his face and sorrow in his eyes. Hashim said: "In the evening this place was full of the sound of children's voices. All the children in the neighborhood would play in the street and bring happiness to residents. There are no children's voices anymore."

Mune Kamal Hashim, whose three children, including the 10-month old Abbas, were killed in the Qana attack, called on everybody to see Israel's true face.

Hashim lost all her family members during the attack and told us how painful it was to lose three children. Her husband, Mahmoud Ibrahim Hashim, was killed in the Israeli attack while he was staying in a building sheltering Lebanese refugees.

She said that the real face of Israel was clearly seen in these attacks.

"Israel is a baby killer. I want the entire world to see this savageness and what Israel did to us. From many parts of the world journalists come here to take our photographs, but they do not publish them. I trust Turkish journalists will make our voices heard."

Grandfather Ibrahim Mahmoud Shelhup, said that Hezbollah paid for their damages. "Hezbollah paid us $1,500 and they will build a new house for us."

Shelhup said Hezbollah had driven back the Israeli occupation and they protected the honor of the Lebanese people. He supported the deployment of Turkish troops in Lebanon. Shelhup added that Turks helped Lebanese people very much.

"Other countries advertise their aid on TV, but Turks do not advertise and help for the sake of Allah. We were pleased when we heard Turkey would send troops. We want Muslim countries to send troops to Lebanon."

Source: Zaman

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16
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