Kabbara organized a peace march from Halba, in Akkar, to the port of Tyre. Nawaf Kabbara (The Daily Star/Victoria Yan)
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Almost 30 years ago, Nawaf Kabbara was a paraplegic doctoral candidate, leading a group of physically disabled demonstrators in a procession along the country's coastline to protest Lebanon's Civil War. Kabbara was studying at the University of Essex in 1984, but was moved when Lebanese American University student Imane Khalifeh attempted to organized a peace demonstration in Beirut's Mathaf.Having grappled with how to ensure that such a march was inclusive and representative of all Lebanese, Kabbara decided that physically disabled people were the best group to reflect the state of the country.After several years of planning, during which Kabbara traveled between the U.K. and Lebanon to finish his studies, the march was finally realized.Standing alongside more than a hundred protesters – half of whom were physically disabled – in Halba on Oct. 12, 1987, Kabbara struck out for Tyre with Gandhi in mind.At the conclusion of the march in Tyre, the demonstration had amassed about 2,000 people.
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