From “Pierced Memories, Lebanese Archive 1889-1993”, Text by Diab Alkarssifi, Images Edited 2010-2011 by Ania Dabrowska
These are photographs in the memory of the founders of the Lebanese Communist Party in Beqaa Valley. They are not ghosts of the past, but men and women in the prime of their lives. They are a bridge from the past into the future; they are pride of my nation.
They worshiped the road to freedom and their bodies bore torture of the French and the Lebanese. They paved the way, motivated by their suffering and oppression, they were workers united in raising the sign of hope. Their union was not affected by differing beliefs, discrimination of religious and sectarian or denominational attitudes; they were comrades.
The founders of the Communist Party in Lebanon are children of the great Beqaa Valley; they lifted the banner of communism. They were not born as heroes, but became heroes because of their ideas and actions; they made communism alive then, and possible for the future. Workers, peasants, doctors, engineers, students, teachers, men and women – they were all liberated and all equal. They were the first bricks of the foundation for independent, free, happy home, with no difference between its people. Their greatest ally was the night that protected them from the suppression of the secret police. They were met by other comrades and friends, protecting their lives. The torch has not been extinguished; the flames are still burning.
The memory of many names has abandoned me, but we have the memory of their faces, which always carry a glow of that light. Many have died since then; few of them still look back and reminisce those eternal ideas.
Devoted to them, and to future generations, I dedicate these images to the everlasting idea of Freedom.
Text by Diab Alkarssifi, London, 2011