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  • Issue 41

The Lighthouse
Keeper of Beirut.

Victor Chebli has weathered storms, war and three kidnappings to maintain his family’s shining legacy. Words by Sabina Llewellyn-Davies. Photography by Bachar Srour.

Beirut’s old manara, the Arabic word for lighthouse, is perched on a hill facing the sea. The neighborhood where this black-and-white striped 82-foot tower is located was even named after it. Victor Chebli, whose family have been lighthouse keepers in the country for over 150 years, is committed to shining a light on Lebanon’s past. This lighthouse is not only a historic building but also a monument to the country’s resilience and a reflection on how individuals are playing a


This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-One

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