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Title: I was overcome with a panic at the thought that they might be right

Attributed date: 1994

Attributed to: Nahia Hassan

Until her dismissal in 1994, Hassan was a senior topographer in the Lebanese Army’s Directorate of Geographic Affairs.  Her scaled model of all detonations in Beirut between 1975 and 1991 was presented to the Lebanese parliament’s committee on Development and Reconstruction in 1994 and ignited one of the most heated and contentious parliamentary sessions in Lebanon’s recent history.  The debate led to an overhaul and suspension of all reconstruction activities then under way.


The model presented here is an exact replica of the original that was destroyed, some say vandalized, by parliamentarians in 1994.

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