Lebanon

Apulia, December 2018

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I travelled across Lebanon in January 2017 visiting different areas of the country: from the slum areas of Beirut, such as Sabra and Shatila, to the Syrian refugee camps, from the predominantly Kurdish to the Hezbollah quarters, up to the borders with Syria, beyond the Beqaa Valley. It was a period in which the Syrian refugees were pouring into the streets of Beirut, a fascinating city always trying to strike a balance between opposite interests of different religious, political and economic groups. From a quarter to another, this city showed stark contradictions: the businessmen and the mendicants, the Lebanese middle class and the Syrian refugees, the Palestinians and the Armenians, the Hezbollah guards and the Lebanese soldiers, the land speculation and the ruins of war. Here there are some of the most meaningful photos of that journey, which I have told on a reportage on Panorama Magazine (6 April 2017) (https://www.panorama.it/news/esteri/beirut-in-bilico-sulla-storia-il-reportage/).

On the rocks of Beirut

E’ stato dopo la battaglia di Marj-Dabek, combattuta conto i Mamelucchi, che gli Ottomani conquistarono Byblos. Il loro impero durò fino alla prima guerra mondiale. Poi tutto il Libano fu sotto il mandato francese fino al 1943, anno dell’indipendenza. Questo edificio fu costruito dagli ottomani vicino il castello crociato. In questo pezzetto di terra si sovrappongono i resti di molte civiltà, da quella fenicia e romana a quella cristiana e ottomana (Credits: Luca Sciortino)