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Résistante

Résistante
EAN : 
9782709621656
Parution : 
13/09/2000
208 pages
16.80 €

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Grandir dans la guerre civile... Prendre les armes à vingt ans... Tirer sur le général de l'Armée du Liban Sud... Survivre à dix ans de cachot dans l'enfer de Khiam... Voici la bouleversante autobiographie d'une femme qui n'a jamais renoncé...Les Libanais ont aussi leur Jeanne d'Arc. Pour eux, Souha Béchara est le symbole vivant de la Résistance. En 1988, à la sortie de l'adolescence, elle tente d'éliminer Antoine Lahad, le chef de l'ALS, la milice supplétive qui tient le sud pour le compte de l'occupant israélien. Arrêtée, jamais jugée, torturée, Souha sera incarcérée à Khiam, camp, prison et mouroir inlassablement dénoncé par les organisations humanitaires. Refusant de collaborer, elle y passera dix ans, dont six en isolement total.
Son pays labouré par l'horreur, son cheminement intérieur, son engagement sans retour, la flamme qui lui a permis de survivre à la barbarie : c'est tout cela que raconte ici, de manière vibrante, Souha Béchara. Un témoignage unique, une leçon d'existence qui nous rappelle que l'on a toujours raison de résister et que pour être libre, il faut se dépasser.
Libérée en 1998 après une intense campagne internationale au Proche-Orient, en Europe, mais aussi en Israël, Souha Béchara est aujourd'hui étudiante à Paris où elle essaie de rattraper le temps perdu. Gilles Paris, journaliste au Monde, l'a accompagnée dans la rédaction de son livre.


She grew up during the civil war in Lebanon, carried a weapon at age twenty and shot the General of the Southern Lebanese Army. She then survived ten years of hell in solitary confinement in the Khiam prison. This is the breathtaking autobiography of Suha Bechara, a woman who never gives up.


For many Lebanese who have lived through the horrors of war, Suha Bechara has become a symbol. In 1988 at the age of twenty, Suha attempted to assassinate General Lahad, chief of militia in charge of Israeli-occupied Southern Lebanon. Immediately apprehended, interrogated and tortured for weeks, she was then sent to Khiam, a prison and death camp, regularly condemned by humanitarian organisations. She spent ten years there, without ever having a trial. Six years were in total isolation, in a six by two foot cell, with one meal per day and ten minutes to eat. After an intense Lebanese, European, and even Israeli, campaign in her favour, she was released in 1998.

Now that the cycle of violence and oppression appears to be coming to an end, Suha Bechara tells how her childhood, in a country mutilated by 15 years of civil war - a conflict manipulated by foreign powers - led her to resistance. She speaks of the internal flame that allowed her to endure the barbaric conditions of her imprisonment and tells of life at the limits of human endurance - and beyond.

One of the most important eyewitnesses to the reality in the Middle East today, Suha Bechara was born in 1967, and grew up in an orthodox-Christian family, known for its political, social and feminist involvement. Today she is a law and Hebrew student in Paris, still actively engaged in the life of her country and trying to make up for lost time.
Gilles Paris, journalist at Le Monde, assisted her in the writing of this book.