The invisible people

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Human history mentioned invisible people without mentioning them. The mass, the vast majority, the anonymous are mainly forgotten in all walks of life.

In Plato’s “Allegory of the cave”, the invisible people are left to their destiny, choosing between comfort and manipulation or the arduous journey of freedom made by Socrates, the only visible one.

The invisible slaves changed history with Spartacus, the visible slave.

Mandela, The King, Gandhi are still vividly visible men of salvation and justice.

The invisible people are the people we choose not to look at. Beggars and homeless are faceless and nameless people of the modern world.

History, ethics, philosophy taught us that ideals of justice and equality are to fight for. However, society is still based on hierarchy, on visibility and invisibility.

The real force lies in the invisible world!

Back to lockdown!

Stillness captured a while ago!
An empty street in Jounieh, 20 Km north of Beirut

Due to the massive work of cleaning, sheltering, helping and rebuilding after the Beirut port explosion that happened on August 4th, unfortunately the covid19 cases skyrocketed. There are on average 500 new cases every day.  Therefore, the government decided  for a two weeks lockdown for the following reasons:

  • The explosion destroyed three major hospitals and patients were relocated in different hospitals. This leaves us with less hospital rooms/beds to treat covid19 cases. In addition, hospitals are already crowded with injured people and ill people. A big hospital that was slightly destroyed had to treat 700 injured people the day of the explosion!
  • The covid19 cases are spread out; the government couldn’t isolate some affected regions. However an exception was given to Beirut, precisely to the area of the blast, so work can still go on.
  • My personal opinion is that the government doesn’t want more protests down the streets.

With that being said, here we are again in quarantine. Although I was out and about on some occasions but following all restrictions of the covid19, the idea of being in lockdown again is hard to swallow. I am spending my time between working out, working online, some gardening and nature photography. I still visit some close friends.

2020 is definitely the year of change. Whoever is still clinging to the previous normal life, will find it hard to cope with what was referred to as “the new normal”, a post I wrote a while ago that you can check it here: The new normal

Beirut, the aftermath V

Two weeks passed by since the explosion took place. Thankfully, we received a lot of help from all over the world. Many experts and specialists are still here inspecting, helping, working with locals. Beirut narrow streets are over crowded.

Below some more pictures of the aftermath.

Photography by @dvjkaa

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Can’t get enough of the port!

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This is what used to be a building of fancy apartments. 

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A traditional Lebanese house turned into a restaurant. These 100 years old buildings are threatened of collapsing. 

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On a lighter note, the flower eye man amidst a protest in downtown Beirut. 

Beirut, the aftermath IV

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Broken window glasses!

What can I say about the general feeling? It is a mix of entangled feelings that words can’t sum up: despair, depression, sadness, fear, anxiety, frustration… Sometimes words are useless.

This explosion is beyond any war. As war people ourselves, we know that any war takes time to destroy a city. Meanwhile, people escape or know what to do because we are used to deal with troubles. However, this explosion destroyed half of the city in minutes. It swiped up lives, houses, families, memories and future plans.

Below are some photos of the broken Beirut.

Photography by @dvjkaa

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Broken houses, broken lives!

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I wonder what this was exactly before the explosion.

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Probably, a toilet door in a pub.

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It was a pub. 

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View from above of destruction after debris were cleaned away. 

 

Beirut, the aftermath I

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I don’t know the author of these beautiful words but what they say is very accurate. This is the Beirut experience!

Almost 300000 homeless families, 200 dead, many missing (we don’t know their exact number), 5000 injured. I tried to sum up the effect of the stories in the pictures below.

Photography by @dvjkaa

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What’s left of the Beirut port and the grain containers, the silos. 

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What used to be fancy buildings with a great view on the sea

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Looks like a tomb with red flowers on it!

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somewhere, old buildings endangered of collapsing

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The Forum of Beirut where exhibitions and concerts used to be held

Beirut, before and after the explosion in pictures

I will dedicate this month’s posts to Beirut and it will be only photography. As I said it in my previous post, words are useless. This time they really are.

Thank you to all of you who sent me messages to ask about me. I can never be grateful enough. Please stay safe.

Beirut Lebanon Port - Containers And Cranes. Image shot 1995. Exact date unknown.
 Beirut Lebanon Port  before the explosion

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The three explosions

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Beirut port after the explosion

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aerial photo of the aftermath