It is believed that an estimate of 17.000 people disappeared in Lebanon since the war in 1975. Up until this moment their whereabouts are still to be discovered and revealed to their parents and families. As time passes, their faces fade away into oblivions in a society where many ignore the very fact that many have disappeared. Who will bring their truth to the surface?
A South African friend of mine said to me once: “the best way to protect your children from past violence is to tell the truth”. Her husband was a member of the police during the apartheid and committed many atrocities and she became later a fierce activist in favor of equality between South Africans. She always hid the truth from her children until they found out years later what their father did. The children never managed to forgive their parents not only for what they committed but also for not reviling the truth.