September 01, 2006

Rubble and Dust

An estimated 16,000 families lost their homes (Hezbollah estimates) in the Southern suburbs. 6,000 apartments have totally disappeared, another 10,000 are damaged. The cleaning operation is in full force, and everytime I come back from Dayiye (suburbs), my hair is like straw, and everythings is white and dusty. It must be hell on housewives in that neighborhood now, there's just no way to get rid of it. You can wash and mop and vacuum all you want; 5 minutes later it's back in the house. And this is not just now that they are cleaning up, which should last a couple of months, but when they start rebuilding, they're back in the dust for another 2-3 years. A lot of people wear little masks in front of their mouths. Boy, what a misery.

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