“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”– George Santayana
Abirached uses black and white images in her graphic memoir I Remember Beirut to bring to light a sad piece of history that is often brushed aside and forgotten. Abirached grew up in Beirut during the Lebanese civil war. She remembers the details of her childhood.
Experience the everyday, ordinary life of a child living in a war torn country. Journey with her past cars riddled with bullet holes, streets covered with shrapnel, and buildings destroyed by bombs.
Verdict: The repetitive “I remember” statements make it feel like you are sitting down with Abirached and watching the memories come back one by one. When words are just not enough to capture the memories, the simple yet beautiful illustrations speak volumes. I recommend you read this graphic novel if you want to dive in and experience what life was like for a child living in Beirut during the 1980s. Some of the situations and experiences are the same things children face today in war torn countries.