Nowadays destinations for me are a mental shakeup. We live in a planet of so many realities. If I can leave the space I live within and drop into another reality, then I will. Witnessing the chaos of life while standing at a crossroads in West Beirut. Pushed between the sweat and adrenaline, amid overblown speakers in a Vilnius punk squat. Speaking with the solvent-high street kids on the streets of Siberia. There is a sensory aspect to all of this. As well as the want to understand other realities and tell the story of people on the fringe. That jolt — I’m looking to try and grasp and pack it into my paragraphs. It’s liberation from the European life I live in. I don’t believe we are meant to live a life in monotone. I write against it.
This booklet gives a brief overview of the Sabra and Shatila massacre in West Beirut 1982.; a murderous event for which no one has ever been held accountable. We then speak with Omar, a youth worker with Ma'an Youth Group in Beirut, about being a Palestinian refugee in Lebanon today.. Against a backdrop of a country struggling to get back on its feet following a decades long civil war, we see the pressure building and the heavy burdens people are suffering since the outbreak of war in neighboring Syria.
This 13 page booklet is beautifully designed and handprinted by Josephcarlough.com of Displaced Snail Publications (also on Etsy stores).
Copies of the booklet 'Beirut: Sabra and Shatila - Decades Without Justice' are also available at: Woulfes Bookshop, Listowel, County Kerry