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I come from an Armenian-Lebanese family that has faced hardship and dispersion for at least four generations.My maternal great-grandmother, a native of Gurun in the Armenian highlands, lost her husband and three sons in the 1915 genocide. However, the Lebanese Civil War, particularly the disappearance of my father, began a new phase in the dispersion of my family.Because I could never confirm that my father was dead, despite the near certitude of such an end, should I take a path similar to hers and continue waiting for my father, who would have been 87 years old this year? Or should I take the story of my father's untimely and unexplained death and its impact on my family and share it with the Lebanese and other Arabs? There are groups in Lebanon engaged in nonconfrontational efforts to push for laws that would help bring closure to the families of thousands of kidnapping victims.Dear Lebanon, until a few days ago I sometimes dreamed that you might truly embrace me one day and, hearing my family's and my story and pain, feel yourself repulsed and disgusted by your own ways so that you would undergo a transformation.
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