Seeing this photo made me so happy. My friend from Kafa that I wrote about in a previous blog told me that women's groups were going to meet near the Beirut National Museum and say:
No to a civil war!
Yes to Peace!
Over 300 women participated this past Monday.
Other banners read:
Enough confessional incitement, no to civil war.
More than 100,000 killed, more than 100,000 handicapped, more than 17,000 people missing is the price of the past civil war.
The organizers issued a statement calling on political parties "to stop the sectarian campaigns and mutual accusations."
"We refuse internal fighting as a means to achieve political goals, and call on all political leaders to return to dialogue in order to reach a national, non-confessional solution" to Lebanon's political crisis, they said.
The location where the women met is symbolic. The Beirut National Museum was one of the crossing points on the "Green Line" that divided the city during the first civil war. Kafa's offices are pretty close by and when I visited them in early January I remember being so happy that I was actually driving near the museum, a place that I was never able to go to as a child.
How horrible it would be if the country becomes so divided that violence once again ensues. Isn't the past recent enough to stop people from self-destruction once again?
Those that will actually be doing the fighting and the dying will not be the ones gaining from the war. As always, it will be a few politicians and business entities who will benefit. Most people whether they are Christian, Sunni, Shiite are nothing more than pawns. Can't people see this?
I feel the slightest bit connected to Lebanon right now, as I knew that this protest was going to happen. If I could have, I would have been there.
I am sending as much postive energy as I have right now out into the world, to women who are standing up to the violence that surrounds them. I am with you.