The Bisri Dam project has finally been toppled, thanks to activists who refused to sleep and stuck to their guns, declining access to the building machinery into the valley that would launch the project. They fought for their valley, the health of their children, and for their life, the opposite of what the dam would have done for them.
In great awe, we watched their leaked pictures after the meeting, which took place on the quiet away from the media. It was as if we just found out that Fairouz was real, that she has a house, a laugh and that her door was open… but not for us.
No country can ever recover from a catastrophe at the scale of the August 4th explosion with only food and humanitarian aid. First, this matter requires transparent management that would be serious, accountable, and aimed at serving public interests instead of the interests of political parties and their partners.
It seems that the Lebanese state, specifically the government of technocrats and its supporters, insists on cutting hundreds of thousands of trees in order to implement the Bisri dam project, or the ‘death dam’ as described by its opponents.
“If someone wants to cultivate his land but doesn’t have the raw materials, what would he sow? Air? It’s like asking a person to sing even when his voice is not suitable for singing, or even stifled!” This was the farmer Ali Taha’s response to the recent calls for active farming, especially those made by the Secretary General of “Hezbollah,” Hassan Nasrallah, in which he called for reliance on agriculture using the term “agricultural jihad!”
If you are familiar with what Beirut looks like at night, the sight of it nowadays is disturbing. Spending time in its streets these days will immediately narrate a sadness that is surrounding everything. Even if you tried to search, you would not find a single laugh emerging without immediately being followed by worry from the few diners and cafe guests.
The Lebanese citizen finds his existence threatened due to not being able to fulfill his obligations, while hiding from the ‘Coronavirus’ at home. Will he pay his bills? His bonds? His rent? The installments of his furniture and car? Will they pile up on his shoulders if he fails to pay?