1. Muslim Khiam
2. Christian Qlaya

I took these pictures in July 2000, just a few weeks after the Israeli army pulled out of Southern Lebanon.

Khiam was known for its detention camp, where the South Lebanon Army (SLA), Israel's proxy militia, tortured and held without trial hundreds of men and women for up to 14 years. After the pullout, it was turned into a tourist destination.

More than any other village in the formerly occupied zone, Qlaya had reasons to worry about the departure of the Israeli army. Qlaya residents were among the first to turn for weapons to their Israeli neighbors, just three miles south, when their village was threatened by Palestinian warlords in 1976.

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