By Zeina Abirached
Residing in the middle of civil battle in Beirut, Lebanon, Zeina and her brother face a night of apprehension while their mom and dad don't go back from a trip to the opposite aspect of town
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I figured maybe it was The only way to be first in line. Chucri started out running little errands for people in The building: clearing away broken tile, pasting clear plastic sheeting on The windows, plugging up shrapnel holes in The walls . . 52 So, were you? So . . Everyone else had The same idea. Then, as blackouts became more common, he started doing bits of electrical repair. And as war was increasingly becoming part of our daily life, Chucri sank what little he’d managed to set aside into The Thing That would regulate our days and nights for years: an electric generator.
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.
And when Farah was born. 62 Sonia, Lena, and Farah . . Anhala had raised Three generations of women. When Farah was pregnant, Anhala stayed at her side.
A game for swallows : to die, to leave, to return by Zeina Abirached