Guardian Oz today: A Grieving Village in Northern Lebanon
In September 2013, a boat full of residents from the village of Qabaait in Northern Lebanon departed the shores of Indonesia in search of a better life in Australia. They had travelled by land and air at great cost to get that far.
It’s a familiar story but for the nationality of the asylum seekers – the first Lebanese to seek refuge in Australia by boat in recent years.
The outcome too is familiar. 18 residents of Qabaait drowned when the boat sank only 500 meters from Indonesian land.
In December, as winter snows beckoned, Claire Stewart and I travelled to Qabaait and met those that had been left behind. Mothers and fathers, brother and sisters and sons and daughters.
The second installment will be published tomorrow.
17 March 2014