Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Ruins and reconstruction

“We were shocked to learn that the Free Patriotic Movement lawsuit did not insist on only protecting the parts of the camp that might contain ruins, but that it demanded the entire reconstruction stop,” Mr Hemo said. “He wants to keep children homeless to protect some broken pottery? There are far more important Roman ruins all over Lebanon but no one cares about these, only the ones directly beneath our children’s feet.

That's an excerpt from another news article (Roman ruins put Nahr al Bared camp rebuild at risk) about the halting of reconstruction in Nahr el-Bared. And the bold text above is the point I'm struggling with the most - the Roman ruins I've seen in Baalbeck are falling apart, and yet people are allowed to climb all over them. I'm not aware of what ruins they've found on the site of Nahr el-Bared, but surely 20,000 people needing homes takes priority. Maybe the FPM should concentrate on preserving the Roman ruins already out in the public eye...

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