...a month ago.
Here is a photo I took a month ago beside an image my friend Zena took of the same stretch of beach last week. They think it is from the oil storage sites and electricity plant that were bombed weeks ago and are still burning.
The oil spill stretches all the way north at least to the ancient Phoenician port in Byblos, the oldest continuously-inhabited city in the world. This environmental disaster is something not being reported here in the news. Please check out Zena's blog to read more about this and the actions she is taking there.
The view on the left is from my parents Beirut apartment. It is called Ramlet-el-Baida which translates to white sands. This is the only public beach in Beirut, but most people go to beach clubs further north or south. As our plane was landing we had an awesome view of this beach, and all the kids on the plane started yelling "look! look! Beeeach! ma! Beeeach!"...and the parents yelled back "no, this isn't the beach we go to!" Ah, details.
Here are links to my previous Lebanon photo posts ::
:: Tripoli :: Byblos
:: Tyre :: Sarafand
:: Sidon :: Sea Castle :: Soap Museum
:: My Art Lounge Exhibit
:: Knitting :: Down the Mountain
:: Centre Ville :: Downtown Beirut
:: Mir Amin :: Beiteddine