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Monday, July 24, 2006 

Desperate appeal for information from Anjar

I've just received this from a British woman married to a man from Anjar. She is desperate for information about his family. If you have had any contact with the town, please leave a comment here, or click 'my profile' and you'll find a button to email me.

She also wants to know how she can help - if you have any advice specific to Anjar, please let us know.

Also, the person who left the message, could you email me too.


I am a British woman living in Cyprus and married to an Armenian/Lebanese man. I am horrified at what is occurring in Lebanon having visited Lebanon with my husband and met his family and friends there - I have only ever heard them speak of peace at last.

Unfortunately my husband will not speak much about his family or the current situation in Lebanon very much, and I am finding this very distressing as I feel I am more interested than he is.

Can anyone offer an explanation of this cold hearted attitude because he is not normally like this. He says I don't understand war as he has lived through this situation all his life and that he deals with this differently from me, because I haven't experienced war first hand in my own country.

I agree with him except I am frequently finding myself in tears looking at the details and photographs of dead children etc. I worry about his family and his mother who is not of good health. I know that he receives texts and telephone calls but am not aware what he is speaking because the conversation is in Arabic or Armenian and when the phone call is finished he says all is okay with them! How can that be?

Can anyone please tell me if the people in Anjjar in Bekkaa is okay as I do know that's where most of his family live.

I worry that they are cut off and cannot receive supplies but feel helpless as to what to do if I cannot gain much information from my husband. We struggle here in Cyprus to keep our head above water financially but this is nothing compared to my fears of them without, shelter, food and water etc. I want to do something for them if they need it and for others in a similar situation but how can I do this with limited finances and information. Has anyone any ideas of something I can do as I just cannot turn my thoughts away from this.

I am sorry to have rambled on but all my feelings have poured out and arrived on this page.

Thanking you in advance.

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