By Zeina Abirached
Residing in the course of civil struggle in Beirut, Lebanon, Zeina and her brother face a night of apprehension whilst their mom and dad don't go back from a trip to the opposite facet of the town
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Set it over There and come in! 49 Hiy Heh heh Hiyaa! Hiyaa! Yaa! Oh-Ho Yaa! 50 ! aa ! I made some coffee. Chucri was The son of Salma, The building caretaker. He was 16 when war broke out in 1975. A year later, his faTher, Saïd, a taxi driver, disappeared. He had just dropped a customer off at The central bank, west of The city, and was heading home. He phoned his wife to reassure her before hitting The road. Chucri answered. “Tell your moTher I’m coming,” his faTher said. The next day, Saïd’s car was found abandoned on The side of The road, wiThout seats or tires, on one of The roads allowing passage between The eastern and western parts of The city.
I’d have left The country too! Speaking of which, how are Those visas? Ramzi sent The applications to The Canadian Embassy in Cyprus. Madame Linda gave The envelope to Ziad, a Red Cross ambulance driver she knows. He’s Madame Hyam’s son. You know, The woman who ran The stationery shop by Saint Joseph University. 55 Ziad entrusted The envelope to a pilot who flies medical shipments for The Red Cross. hm Since The plane had a layover in Cyprus on The way back, he asked The pilot to mail The envelope at Larnaca airport.
46 What time is it? Quarter past four! Who told you so? Where’d he go? To the store! Mister Moore! Whatever for? To buy cigars! Who wants cigars? His wife wants cigars... 47 And who was his wife? His wife? You are! His wife? You are! His wife? You are! 48 KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK Good evening, Anhala. Here already? Yes. The children were all alone when it started. It might be a long night. I brought some blankets . . and a head of lettuce! Freshly washed! Washed lettuce? Why, Thank you, Chucri! Set it over There and come in!