(Tripoli’s blast, North Lebanon, August 23 2013. Photograph by http://www.news.com.au)
“We are unforgiving judges of those who have not shared our experiences. We are like a secret society. We have our own language; we recognise signs that no one else does; we joke about our most intense pain, bewildering outsiders; we walk a tightrope pitched over an abyss of panic that a novice does not even perceive, let alone understand. We are provoked to anger and fear by the smallest detail while suffering calamity calmly”.
(Jean Said Makdisi, 1990)
(Dahiye’s explosion, Beirut’s Southern Suburbs, August 15 2013. Photograph by http://www.beirut.com)