For 16 long years of futile civil war, Lebanon was a killing field – a battleground for conflicting religious, ideological and nationalist factions. During that time, thousands were murdered, maimed, kidnapped or displaced, and much of the country – once the intellectual, cultural and commercial hub of the Arab world – was turned into a giant rubbish tip. Forests were burned, seas and rivers polluted, sand sold from the beaches, toxic waste dumped and water siphoned from southern Lebanon to supply new settlements in Israel. Through the lives of four Lebanese from very different backgrounds, Mai Masri and Jean Chamoun assess the appalling impact of modern warfare on the environment and look ahead to a new conflict in the making – this time over the Middle East’s most precious natural resource, water.
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