Today the Ain el Heloue (the "eye of the good looking girl" in arabic) palestinian camp near Sidon in South Lebanon was still full of activity.
Today the Ain el Heloue (the "eye of the good looking girl" in arabic) palestinian camp near Sidon in South Lebanon was still full of activity. Though they are used to raids and destruction its inhabitants have not yet found back their normal rhythm of living. They are still looking for something which escaped total destruction or a souvenir among the rubble of their destroyed houses and near the craters made by the israeli bombs.
20000 people live in Ain el Heloue which makes this camp the largest of Lebanon with a predominant population of children and teenagers who were born here and never knew another "home".
Living on public charity since 1948 does not preclude aspiration to better life, witness these damaged refrigerators abandoned in the rubbles.
Lebanese live near the camp-mostly small employee- in low cost hosing and apart their status it is often difficult for a foreigner to make a distinction between who is a refugee or not. This time they shared the fate of their neighbours as the lebanese authorities said yesterday in an official statement that 10 lebanese citizens where killed during the attack and a number of them wounded.
The lebanese army who fought against the palestinian last year in may without any resentment form either side.
Yesterdays raids create the strange situation that these palestinians, already refugees, are once more refugees, having to look for another place to live.