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This is Wawa’s experience the evening the car bomb in Ashrafieh went off. He’s a kid who wasn’t of age during the civil war, but all the memories and tales of those days seem to have come back in full force, especially when it comes to the milita checkpoints.
I was stopped by Sunni militia at Kaskas
On Friday night after the bomb
They asked where I am from and where I’m going
I said Jnoub and Shiah
They didn’t like that
One guy asked for my driver’s license and ID
I only gave him the license
I lied, told him I don’t have my wallet
Then they searched the car
They were all armed
Kids with M4’s and grenade launchers on scooters
How do you go out without your wallet? -he asked
I said I was only out to get a pack of cigarettes
Did I timewarp to the 80s civil war era
Where the religion on your ID
dictated whether you came or went?
He complained that I don’t have a beard in the license picture
I was wearing my red sherwal
I took the picture on my ID when I was 7 – I said
I said look into my eyes
I still have the same eyes
We had a moment there
And he decided to let me go
They knew I was Shia
As I was leaving another guy drove up
He also had a beard and long hair
They asked me if I knew him
I said no
But they thought we were too similar
In their eyes, we’re all the same
The other guy refused to stop
They tried to stop him by yelling and banging on the car
I slowed down
They threw a rock at him
When he got to Barbeer
And started shooting his tires.
I took a sharp turn right toward Tayyouneh to avoid gunfire
Only to find two guns pointed at me
They mistook me for the runaway.
Stay calm – The trigger happy kid said
Still aiming his M4 rifle at me he approached the car.
Where are you going? -He asked
I said Shiah.
He didn’t like that
A fat old man, their leader I suppose, eyed me suspiciously
So one of the kids on the scooter now came to my defense
He said I wasn’t involved
He said I’m a good guy
And they let me go
الله مع الأوادم
I don’t know what happened to that other guy