Where the widows live

Year

2013

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Lebanon is a place for widows who live and work together. By joint effort they can keep a living after losing their husband. Many of them have lived there for decades and Lebanon is now the home for their children and grand children.

The widows who came to Lebanon when it started are now elder women. But early every morning they go to work to weave fabrics.

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Lebanon is filled with young people who are decedents of the first widows who came there.

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Danish missionaries started Lebanon in the first half of the 20th century. There haven’t been missionaries for more than a decade but every morning the women have their morning pray.

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Lebanon.

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Maragatham sitting on the bed in her bungalow.

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Together the women are weaving fabrics that are sold in India and abroad. It provides a living for the women.

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Lebanon.

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Israel has for years been working as a gardener in Lebanon. Now he is to old to do much work but he is still living in one of the bungalows.

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Lebanon.

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Lebanon grows a large part of it is rice and vegetables on their own ground. Everybody has to work – also in the field.

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Anamalai Peter is walking through the gates of Lebanon. He is managing the home of the widows.

© Gorm Olesen 2011