The people of Bab al-Tabbaneh and Jabal Mohsen are still struggling to reconcile after decades of anguish. The two communities were first divided over Syria’s interference in the country in 1976, one of the earliest developments of Lebanon’s 15-year Civil War. The area witnessed harrowing repression under Syrian control, including a massacre in Bab al-Tabbaneh in 1986. The Alawite community in Lebanon faced state discrimination for decades until they were finally recognized as an official sect after the Civil War, enabling residents to acquire a semblance of employment and political representation in the country.
This history of mutual suffering has fostered reactionary movements while empowering gangs and extremist groups – many of which lure disadvantaged children and young men into their ranks.
Die Stadt, die von der Vergangenheit trÃ¤umt | NZZ
Das libanesische Tripolis war einst eine mÃ¤chtige Provinzhauptstadt islamischer Reiche. Heute wirkt es provinziell und kÃ¤mpft mit dem Stigma, eine Hochburg der Salafisten zu sein.