From “Pierced Memories, Lebanese Archive 1889 – 1993”, Edited by Ania Dabrowska, 2011
The Lebanese Civil War lasted from 1975 – 1990, resulting in hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of people wounded, more displaced. I would say that this war has never ended, since the military conflict became replaced with a political one, bringing no real peace to this day. 13th April marked an anniversary of an incident that is regarded as the official beginning of the Lebanese Civil War, an attack by the right wing Phalange party (Al Kataeb al-Lubnaniyya) gunmen on a bus carrying Palestinians in Ayn al-Rumman. This offers me an opportunity of sharing some of the material shot by me at the time of the conflict, when I was a journalist in Al Nida newspaper in Baalbek, in Lebanon. This is a tribute to all the innocent people who suffered in this war.
George Hawi was a Labanese politician and an activist. In 1979 he became secretary general of the Lebanese Communist Party LCP. During the Lebanese Civil War he established the Popular Guard, the LCP militia, which was opposing the government and later was active in the guerrilla warfare against Israel and its proxy militia, after the Israeli invasion in 1982. This photo story shows him during one of his routine field visits to the LCP militia camps on the front line in Ayoun Al Siman Mountains. The enemy’s Kataeb camps were never far away. George Hawi was assassinated in 2005 in Beirut with a bomb planted in his car and detonated by a remote control. There has never been any proof of who killed him.