Friday, July 20, 2007

Endless litany

The great Litani river, the longuest river of Lebanon, the one with the largest watershed, the one Israel wants so badly that it went to war for it, the Litani is so polluted that at some places in the West Bekaa, all that is left from it is a large sewer where algae grows unchecked.

And this is not new: As early as 1937, the Sawt al Shaeb newspaper ran a list of request by local people complaining about the pollution of the water and demanding the Lebanese Government (under French Mandate) to provide the villages with clean drinking water and irrigation water.

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