Today, August 30, marks the
Imm Aziz sits in her house under the photos of her four sons. On a September day in 1982, militants came knocking on the Dirawi's door in , while they were having breakfast together and took away by force Imm Aziz' 4 sons, Aziz, 31, Ibrahim, 27, Mansour, 25, and Ahmad, 13.
Like many families of the , Imm Aziz kept some of the belongings of her children as relics of their one-time presence, hoping that they will come back home one day to find them preserved.
Imm Aziz talks to her children every night before she goes to sleep. She asks each one of them if he can see her, if he is ok, eating and sleeping well. She keeps the window above her bed open in case they come back one day and walk down the alley behind the window. She wants to make sure she sees them when they finally come back home.
There is an estimated number of 17,000 missing from the 1975-90 Lebanese civil war whose fate is still unknown.
From my ongoing project on the