Monday 5 December 2016

As Syria's chaos spills over, Lebanon needs our help

Anne O'Mahony

Published 07/01/2014 | 02:30

Anne O'Mahony at Ibra collective centre for Syrian refugees in Akkar, Lebanon, recently
Anne O'Mahony at Ibra collective centre for Syrian refugees in Akkar, Lebanon, recently

For many years Lebanon featured on an almost daily basis in our news media, and generally for all the wrong reasons. The bloody civil war in the 1980s; the kidnapping of Brian Keenan, John McCarthy and many others; the ever-changing relationship with its neighbours.

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Lebanon's recovery from civil war has been difficult and tenuous, but at the same time very real and very encouraging. The international spotlight eventually turned away from this tiny country.

Beirut, for so long a symbol of conflict and division, was rebuilt and has gone a long way to regaining its former stature as a vibrant, attractive Mediterranean city.

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