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Beirut, also the Site of Deadly Attacks, Feels Forgotten

posted on November 16, 2015

The New York Times’ Anne Barnard writes that many Lebanese feel as if their grief has been forgotten after the recent terrorist attacks in Paris overshadowed the bombings in Beirut that killed 40 civilians. Numerous commentators complained that the Western-biased media was portraying European lives as more valuable, while violence in Lebanon was part of the norm, despite its relatively peaceful recent history. “When my people died, no country bothered to light up its landmarks in the colors of their flag,” wrote Elie Fares, a Lebanese doctor. “When my people died, they did not send the world into mourning. Their death was but an irrelevant fleck along the international news cycle, something that happens in those parts of the world.”

Read at The New York Times