I've spoken with my parents every single day since the craziness started. My brother made it to Jordan this morning. The driver came from Jordan to pick him up. On his way over he drove around a busload of people that had got bombed as they were driving towards the Syrian border. No survivors. A HUGE bridge on the beirut-damascus highway not far from where my parents are staying in the mountians got bombed again, this time in half. This bridge runs over the road my parents take from the Chouf to get to my grandmother's village in the Metn. Of course they're not getting any sleep. They woke up to the sound of the bridge exploding. My mom was terrified to say bye to my brother, and my brother didn't want to leave them behind.
My parents hope to leave soon but they're waiting to leave with my grandmother and the rest of my moms family. My grandmother is 85 and was hoping to die in Lebanon and never travel again (she used to live in houston). So, her american passport had expired. My uncle took her to the american embassy and they were treated like animals. They refused to even give her an emergency passport so she can at least cross over to Syria or go to Cyprus to get it renewed there. Does anyone here have any state department leads here that we can follow? My family really can't leave her there on her own! She can barely walk!
Also, other extended family members made it onto the ships, only to be told moments later that it was full, and to get off and "come back again tomorrow."
I should add that my family does not live there, but they spend all their vacations there. My parents usually go there in the Spring and leave after the fig season is over. I really hope they make it here sooner, and of course I hope the bombing ends.
A generator fell on my dads foot and aparently that is why they haven't already left, still hopping around from doctor to doctor. This happened a few days ago, but I just got told today. They don't tell me everything. I'm glad they're all still alive, all limbs intact, but I feel terrible that everyone is going through this. It really is such a tragedy.
Here are some blogs I've been reading that have kept me sane: kerblog by mazen kerbaj and beirut update by zena. I really wish both of these artists had started blogs before this war, and in fact I had just talked to zena about this a few weeks ago while I was there and all was peaceful.
thats all for now.