Beirut: Seven Days in a Small War

This sunstruck, ruined place where the world's heart beats

Late last month TIME Senior Writer Roger Rosenblatt set out for Lebanon in order to find several children described in a story he had written six months before, "Children of War" (Jan. 11, 1982). The children included a ten-year-old girl named Lara, whose parents were killed by the explosion of a car bomb in Beirut last September; a 15-year-old boy, Ahmed, a leader in a P.L.O. youth organization; a baby called Palestine who was born when her mother's stomach was slit open in a bombing raid of Beirut in the summer...

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