"He lost his mind!" after the death of his three yearâ€™s child. VOM Germany issues report of Stimme Der Martyrer about Lebanon and Syria. By Michael Hussein.
15 Feb 2003
Early August 2002 our courier Fouad Adel returned from his trip to Lebanon and Syria. His reports from this journey are heart-stirring recordings of the suffering Christians there. Until the outbreak of the Lebanese civil war in 1975 a careful well-contrived system between the religions provided political stability. But one's missed to realize how unstable and breakable this outer Balance was.
Lebanon - the land of the cedar trees. King David took these trees to build his palace and the temple in Jerusalem (1. Chronicle 14 and 22).
The land was major inhabited by Christians and was famous for it's stability and wealth in the Near East. This is hard to believe when you look at Beirut today. It's like a fairy tale from the old days. Civil war, wars and interventions from Syria and Israel left a heritage that is hard to bear especially for the Christians.
"He lost his mind!"
That's what people mumble when they talk about A.L.A., a fifty year-old father in the area of Al-Metten. Often A.L.A. sits for several days or weeks inside the house and stares into space. Nobody is able to get through to him and tears are running down his expressionless face. Neither his wife nor his pastor are able to get him out of this state. But there is a terrible reason for his behavior. A.L.A. used to life together with his wife and his five children in a bigger village. He knew that he lived in danger. As a former military officer of the pro-Israel South-Lebanese army he had to fear every day to be arrested, tortured or killed by the radical Moslem militia. He knew that this might happen. This was the price for his engagement but he found strength in his faith. But he never thought that the Hisbollah would be so insidious.
The death of a three-year-old
To take revenge they didn't kill A.L.A. but his youngest son Jack. He was only three years old. Jack was kidnapped in the open street and was missed for four days. We don't want to talk about these four days. At the end the boy was drowned in a well and the dead body then put at the front door of the family's home. At the outer wall the murders sprayed: "We keep our word of revenge - and this is only the beginning."
The parents had a shock and had to be treated psychiatric and pastoral for several month. Since then A.L.A. is unable to work or live a well-regulated life. With much patience his pastor E.N. managed to free A.L.A. from time to time from his daze. In such clear moments pastor E.N. hands the professional jurist court cases from his pastoral care in prisons and discusses them with him.
Due to the dramatic experiences all financial reserves have been used up, the family is completely in debt. For a long time there is no money to pay the school fees for the children (Sorial 16, Angelina 14, George 13 and Marina 7). But if the children can not pay the fees they are likely to be expelled from the school and then even more misery is predicted.