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How to solve Lebanese civil war disappearances

The International Committee of the Red Cross has a plan to identify the remains of those who went missing during Lebanon’s civil war, but support from the government is agonizingly slow.
Fatima Rida holds a photo of her Missing Husband, Hussein Moalim who disappeared during Lebanon's civil war in March 1976.

BEIRUT — In the Shiite neighborhood of Zqaq el-Blat in Beirut lives Fatima Fneish, who has agonized over the disappearance of her brother Hussein Fneish, 16, who went missing in 1976 during Lebanon’s civil war on his way to school.

Fneish, 60, invited Al-Monitor to her home to share her family’s story. As she sipped her coffee and smoked nervously, she said, “Hussein was with [our] mother and father. He was walking when the Phalange, who were in the area. … They called out to him because he was tall for his age, and arrested him. My mom, afraid my brother would get shot, said they could take him and the [family] would find him again [later].” But the Fneish family would never see him again.

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