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In 2005, after 10 days of searching some of Beirut's poorest neighborhoods, Maher Attar had almost given up hope of finding Samar Baltaji. Twenty years earlier, Attar had photographed Baltaji on the streets around the Sabra and Shatila camps, which had recently undergone a spate of violence.Two decades later, one of Baltaji's old neighbors directed Attar to her last known location in the southern suburb of Ouzai.When Attar captured Baltaji's defiant gaze that day in 1985, it helped to launch his career as a photojournalist."The next day I got my first contract with AFP," Attar told The Daily Star. As a result, he said, he felt an obligation toward Baltaji.Baltaji said that, short on supplies, the doctors decided they would be unable to save both patients' limbs and gave the mother better prospects for success.In 2002, Baltaji suffered further misfortune when her other leg became infected.Struggling to make ends meet, Baltaji and her son recently contacted various local television outlets, trying to sell her story and potentially reconnect with Attar.
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