Lebanon

Lebanon is one of the countries that symbolises all of the conflicts that have wound their way through the Middle East. The presence of Hezbollah has made it that the country of the Cedars entered the war in Syria, with the Shia movement that fought together in Damascus in order to annihilate the Islamic strongholds of the Islamic State and various rebel groups. We were amongst those at the Hezbollah headquarters, reporting on the war in Syria and against Israel. Lebanon is not just Hezbollah. We were in the heart of the Fatah, between Palestinian refugees, but also among persecuted christians that were made to flee from Syria. Their camps today still represent one of the greatest problems for Lebanon, but also symbolise the devastating effect the war has had on the Middle East. We have reported on this country that has struggled to find the right path to stability, with religious conflicts, militia warfare and increased nationalistic sentiment posing as barriers. It is jigsaw puzzle of different cultures, constantly at risk of turning on one another, living in a tentative peace, at least in appearance. However, after 20 years of war all of their boundaries have fallen, from the south to the east finishing with the fight for control of natural gas in the Eastern Mediterranean.

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