Photographer's Note

After spending a night in Tripoli in northern Lebanon in September 1995 I went straight to Beirut. Large parts of the city, the mainly Muslim west as well as the mainly Christian east, looked relatively untouched by the long civil war that had ended five years earlier. The district of Hamra, where I stayed, was in fact as trendy and chic as any place in Mediterranean southern Europe. But in the central area, along what was known as the "Green line", some parts looked like the war had ended the day before. This was one of the worst affected parts of the city, situated between the front lines of the heavily armed militias.

The "green line" was the name given to the abandoned area where bushes and weeds grew unhindered for many years.

Here is a larger version.

Two more photos from the former war zone of Beirut can be seen in the workshop. One photo shows that the work of cleaning up the city had started, another shows the imagined bright future of central Beirut.

All photos were scanned from Kodachrome slides.

There will be more Lebanese ruins in the next uploads, but of a different kind.

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Additional Photos by Gert Holmertz (holmertz) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11536 W: 562 N: 22227] (96656)
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