Playing Intifada Near Baalbek

Baalbek (Lebanon). This scene happened in front of my eyes some years, when I was travelling around Lebanon. That day I was in Baalbek, a wonderful site with an ancient Roman city, and just around the archaeological area I noticed a group of children, more or less 8-10 years old. They were playing, as every child normally does; but their game really surprised me: they were playing “intifada”, dividing themselves into two groups and throwing stones against each others. When I captured this photograph two of them were targeting one of the group, probably the youngest.

I found this scene very cruel and symbolic of the reality that these children – and many others around the world – have to live daily. No PlayStation or any other gaming console, no smartphones or tablets, just some stones and their fantasy. Which, combined together with that tendency to imitate adults (typical of young generations), bring these children to play intifada…

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