Badna Naaref
 Badna Naaref (We Want to Know) is a call for dialogue about the country’s wartime experiences among different generations of people who live in Lebanon. Yet it is by no means just an invitation to engage in political diatribe. Instead, this website is a resource: it offers an explanation of this pilot project, an overview of the training sessions conducted with the students and instructors involved, a general profile of the participating schools and individuals, and summaries of interviews conducted by student participants. It also extends an invitation to visitors to use the information gathered for a variety of purposes. For instance, the material can be used to assist educators and activists interested in exploring alternative methods of conflict transformation. As well, it offers complete access to many of the testimonies—in their original form—for those interested in this information from a scientific, educational and even artistic perspective. In short, it is a compact website that appeals to a broad range of potential visitors; thus, it is addressed “to those who are concerned.”


"… During what was called the elimination war, which pitted Christians against each other, I really had a lot of worries. I was unable to reach my relatives… I was sickened by it all… and I left to live in France with my husband. I wanted my children to have another nationality. Today they are French and they have the choice and can choose where they want to live.” 
     
   
“I had to call my brother who was living in Paris, to ask him to call up my family to check on them, and then call me back to let me know how they were doing.”
“East and west Beirut were separated by a demarcation line… we used to take taxis to the demarcation line, then we crossed by foot… sometimes we tried to sneak through parking lots or openings in walls [of buildings located on the line, or] even, pay bribes so that we’d avoid a 10-hour wait to cross these lines…”
This website has been created with the assistance of the European Union and the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon. The content of this website can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union or the Embassy of Switzerland.
© Badna Naaref, 2012 - Development: Multiframes