Monday, 4 June 2012

The other Tripoli

Tripoli in northern Lebanon has both Alawites & Sunni extremists. When last I visited Tripoli I passed army checkpoints and arrived at an area where black Sunni flags proclaiming Allah were hung across the streets - the buildings still pock-marked & bullet riddled from the Civil War ended in 1990. And violent clashes between communities continue. Over the weekend 14 people died & more than 40 people were injured in what has been seen as a direct spill-over of violence from Syria. The Christian community remains in Tripoli - smaller than once before - but I came across a Maronite shrine to Our Lady with candles lit in hope & prayer before the Mother of God. The people of Lebanon & the Christian communities in the Middle East need our help & prayers.

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