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Standing outside Beirut's Communist bar, Roula Hijaji reminisced about the man responsible for opening it over 20 years ago. His name was Naya Chahoud, otherwise known as Abou Elie, and was a dedicated member of the Lebanese Communist Party until the later stages of his life. Like all men and women his age, he witnessed harrowing tribulations during the Lebanese Civil War. At the time, he fought with the Lebanese Communist Party, which sided with Kemal Jumblatt's Lebanese National Movement – a front made up of leftist and pan-Arab factions during the early stages of the Civil War. Hawi, like Chahoud, was a critic of the Syrian occupation.Chahoud lived with open wounds much like anyone else who experienced the war.More importantly, Chahoud also believed in the goodness of those he met despite the harrowing violence he witnessed in his life.
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