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By Zeina Abirached

Dwelling in the middle of civil battle 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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And a head of lettuce! Freshly washed! Washed lettuce? Why, Thank you, Chucri! 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.

I parked The car in front of The Abu Jamil gas station at five This morning. 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.

31 It was a building from The 1940s. My faTher’s parents had lived There all Their lives. 32 I grew up in The second-floor apartment where my faTher was born. 33 Laid out in The style of The time, The apartment was organized around The living room, a large rectangle That linked The two main parts of our home. kitchen dining room bedroom 34 foyer bedroom bedroom 35 WiTh The street barricade just under The windows, The living room was soon deserted. Bit by bit, The bedrooms, kitchen, and dining room were sealed off .

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