DAY THREE - At the coffin-maker’s workshop, it’s business as usual
are heading for the southern town of Tyre. It is not too far from the
Israeli border and has been heavily bombed. We have distributed food
parcels in the town and are looking to expand our work there. As we
leave Sidon the roads are busy – it’s not been like this for a few
days. I notice that many of the cars have white flags on their
antennas. They are people fleeing from southern towns. Once again, I
find myself going in the opposite direction to most of the traffic.
As we get closer to Tyre Lebanese soldiers man more and more checkpoints.
town itself is deserted. It has a population of around 80,000 but only
a few thousand remain, if that. I can hear the sound of Israeli war
planes and drones hovering above. There is intensive bombing taking
place somewhere nearby – I ask a local and he tells me the bombing is
only 10 km from where we are.
walk through the streets and turn a corner where I find total
destruction. A block of flats lies in ruins. On a pile of rubble I see
the head of a baby doll and a child’s bag. I wonder who these items
belonged to? It must have been a little girl. Where is she now? Is she
dead or alive?
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