Badna Naaref
 Badna Naaref (We Want to Know) is a call for dialogue about the country’s wartime experiences among different generations of people who live in Lebanon. Yet it is by no means just an invitation to engage in political diatribe. Instead, this website is a resource: it offers an explanation of this pilot project, an overview of the training sessions conducted with the students and instructors involved, a general profile of the participating schools and individuals, and summaries of interviews conducted by student participants. It also extends an invitation to visitors to use the information gathered for a variety of purposes. For instance, the material can be used to assist educators and activists interested in exploring alternative methods of conflict transformation. As well, it offers complete access to many of the testimonies—in their original form—for those interested in this information from a scientific, educational and even artistic perspective. In short, it is a compact website that appeals to a broad range of potential visitors; thus, it is addressed “to those who are concerned.”


"One would believe that he managed to escape death. When one would be killed, we’d say our turn was coming. We could die that way, by a bullet. We wouldn’t say for example, that we would die a natural death. Do you understand, a natural death, was like a heart attack, like you’d think nowadays, or cancer, or Aids. No, we would say that our Lord had fated us to die from a bullet, because that death from bullets was common."
     
   
“The State is not working towards a genuine reconciliation between the Lebanese people… State officials and schools must not hide the war from the young generation… so that the war does not happen again… even in history textbooks, the truth about the war is hidden… we should at least be able to tell these children, these schoolchildren, these students, what happened, so that we don’t fall into it once again, because Lebanon is an unstable country.”
"The war means that one has to be alert all the time, from morning to evening, be attentive."
This website has been created with the assistance of the European Union and the Embassy of Switzerland in Lebanon. The content of this website can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union or the Embassy of Switzerland.
© Badna Naaref, 2012 - Development: Multiframes