Beirut is probably the only city in the Arab world where homosexuality is openly discussed and, up to a point, accepted. This has caused a number of organizations to spring up who fight for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the Lebanese capital. Helem (Arabic for dream) is one of them…
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Raed Mokaled, who lost his five year-old son Ahmad in a cluster bomb explosion while celebrating his birthday, said that the death season was approaching. Raed was referring to cluster bomb ammunition scattered in fields in southern Lebanon. He said soon families would start picnicking on the weekends to enjoy the spring weather where the shapes and small size of what Raed Calls « the sleeping enemy » are appealing to children, who mistake them for toys.According to Human Rights Watch, the lethal weapon was used in 24 countries for more than 40 years causing unacceptable harm to civilians.They were last deployed in Lebanon in the 2006 Hezbollah-Israeli war.
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