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.”


“These young people, who follow to death this or that leader,” she says, should be able to draw lessons from the past, “they must know what war is, and what it means to follow this or that person.”
     
   
"We were doing a kind of round… and someone, a Muslim guy, he didn’t know we were standing beneath the wall, this guy was telling his neighbors, was congratulating them, was expressing his condolences in a mocking way, and then they asked, why? What happened? He told them Bashir Gemayel died, and he was happy. Now, we heard all of this, we came out, we didn’t kill the guy, but we were shooting in the air to scare him, but we didn’t kill him."
"As we were crossing, there was this one Christian woman, I’ll never forget her. An old woman who saw us leaving our region. Theirs never got bombed because of Israel. She saw us… as we were leaving, being displaced, she started doing a vocal trill, glad, that we were being displaced."
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