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Finding Lebanon: Hope, dignity, and the right to know

 

As many as 17,000 people "disappeared" during the Lebanese civil war. From 1975 to 1990, Lebanese factions, Palestinian militias, and the Syrian and Israeli militaries waged war in Lebanon. In that time, they and associated actors — be they Syrian security services, or armed Lebanese gangs using the war to turn a profit — “disappeared” people. Now, 30 years after the war ended, the Lebanese have finally created a national commission for the disappeared, and in doing so, have taken a small step toward helping families grapple with the consequences of a conflict that has never, really, ended — certainly not for them. In a new piece for MEI, scholar Anthony Elghossain takes a closer look at this important issue and what it means for Lebanon.

 

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