“There was a hill near our house, totally covered in flowers, flowers like I’ve never seen before. We would take meat to grill and we’d bring soda, we’d build a bonfire and make tea,” remembers Abu Hafez, a Syrian man in his mid-forties, as he reclines on cushions on the floor, smoking cigarettes. “Now, we sit around and reminisce about those times. Our children gather around us and hear what it used to be like,” he explains.
Abu Hafez speaking with a friend in his one room home in the half built university complex in South Lebanon. (James Haines-Young, Al Arabiya English)
‘That’s what killed Baba’
A group of boys play table football in the courtyard of the university complex where many have been living for the last four years. (James Haines-Young, Al Arabiya English)