Thursday, July 27, 2006

two weeks already




The kids were calmer and happier today. Some of them were sleeping; others took advantage of the quiet skies to go to their homes and take showers and get some of their stuff. The houses of most children are still standing; others have lost their homes completely.

I looked for A. (10 yrs) who's usually very active around the school. His aunt who is staying with them had a nervous breakdown right when the war started. Her situation worsened when she settled at the school. She used to fight with almost everyone over water, noise, cigarettes and order. Today they all left to Syria after a huge fight that broke out yesterday between A. and a girl from another family. Apparently they didn't have a place to stay in Syria but decided to leave anyway.


"Diana and Fouad on a break from drawing their portraits in the school playground"





Imm H.'s family still haven't got their papers settled. Imm H.'s still waiting for her husband to send her some documents from China so she cant get visas and join him. She and her four kids will remain at the school awaiting the visas to China. Meanwhile, her older son, H. (17) found a work in a factory today. His younger brother (9) was so proud because his brother found work in "either a chocolate or a coca cola factory". His mom said that her kids who go to private schools and speak English have started to pick up other kids's bad habits. "We're really different", she whispers, "but we have to stay here until we can travel".

But the star today was Nemo. There were rumors that the kids were going to watch a movie tonight which made them really excited. The "Mouvement Social" had the brilliant idea of operating a "mobile cinema" across different schools in Beirut. Around sunset, they came to the school and installed a wall screen and played "Finding Nemo" in Arabic. The kids were mesmerized in front of the screen and didn’t blink an eye for the entire show. It was magic. Nemo was even able to overpower the small TV set around which all parents sit.

But only, K., the smallest guest at the school did not enjoy the show. He was too busy thinking about his life, half of which he already spent in this school.

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