Zena el Khalil, After the Occupation
In 1982, the Israeli army officially took control of the entire South Lebanon region and decided the village of Zena el Khalil’s grandfather was a strategic military point. He had to stop construction on his house in order to accommodate the army. “The occupiers finished building the home my Grandpa started. Except, instead of providing rooms for a growing family, they built interrogation booths, holding cells, torture rooms, and of course, bureaucratic offices. Right next to our oak tree. Right on top of the very same building they had blown up only a few years before.” Eighteen years later, Zena and her family would finally return home.
Photo: Lebanon, August, 2006 (Paolo Pellegrin/Magnum Photos)