As the cesefire in Lebanon takes tenuous hold after 19 months of civil war, people there are gradually returning to work -- to rebuild a ravished nation that was once the financial capital of the Middle East.
GV EXTERIOR Factory in Kiserwan, Lebanon
MV Work in progress at cotton mill (6 shots)
MV Women in hairdressing salon (3 shots)
MV Garage mechanics repairing cars (4 shots)
MV People at work in metalworks (5 shots)
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Background: As the cesefire in Lebanon takes tenuous hold after 19 months of civil war, people there are gradually returning to work -- to rebuild a ravished nation that was once the financial capital of the Middle East.
SYNOPSIS: The people of the Kiserwan are in north Lebanon, like the rest of the population, face a mammoth task. It's been estimated that the civil war has caused damage worth eight billion Lebanese pounds (about 1.7 billion sterling). That does not take into account related effects of the war which could boost the figure considerably. Factories and services are beginning to run again. But even if it's possible for people to have their hair styled again, there are still continuous threats of the fragile peace being broken as all factions still refuse to hand over their heavy weapons to the Syrian-dominated Arab peacekeeping forces.
But as some survivors of the Lebanese conflict return to pre-war activities, thousands of others are helpless to do anything. The war has left more than 300,000 people destitute, according to a Red Cross spokesman. Most of them are Palestinians, including thousands driven out of the refugee camp Tel Al-Zaatar. And while building starts in other parts of Lebanon, it looks like there'll be long delays before the capital, Beirut, can begin to be restored. The city centre, once the hub of banking and commerce for the Arab world, is in ruins, and work may not resume there for two or three years.