This is one of the most beautiful houses in Qana, and also one of the most intact. It's painted in cheerful colours but it's a house of tears and pain. It stands right beside the UN headquarters building and church. We were told that the family that lived there ran into the UN church to seek shelter when the attack began, because they were afraid...more
Right by the side of the road, where the square espanade with the graves of the people killed in 1996 is, there's a monument dedicated to the UNIFIL Fijian blue helmets soldiers that where killed in Qana between 1978 and 2002 while seeking peace for Lebanon. It's a simple pillar with a UN plaque and their names and year of death written on it. May...more
Unfortunately I don't remember what this building was: I know it belonged to the Fijian UN headquarters... but I'm at loss about its purpose: I believe that it also served as a hospital, however. LIke all the other buildings surrounding the destroyed UN church, this one too has been shelled beyond repair. This one too is still used as a house by...more
This building is right at the entrance of the genocide site: it's the building where the Fijian UN headquartes were located - and as you can see it's badly destroyed. It has been left as it was in 1996 - crumbling down walls, no windows, and still bearing the signs of artillery. The sad part is that it is still inhabited - no longer by soldiers but...more
Just beside the main road, in the new Martyr's square, lies the monument and graves to the civilians killed in the attack. They are part of a square monument, and very simple and linear in their shape- black and grey - with the names of the dead people inscribed on them. When we arrived a man came towards us: he's the keeper of the memorial site,...more
When the Israeli army abandoned Qana after the attack, they left behind a tank.It stands right behind what's left of the UN church: a sad reminder of the day. It makes the massacre impossible to forget - and it perpetuates its memory, especially in the youner generation. We saw small children, too small to have witnessed the attack, playing in it -...more
Getting to Qana from Tyre (Sour) is incredibly easy... yet it took us a long while to figure it out. Anyway any car that slows down by you and blows its horn twice is a service taxi - in case you are in doubt check that the license plate is red. Then just hop in the car and tell the driver where you want to go. He'll take you there for a very low price. To Qana it costs about 1000 Lebanese pounds to go there. You can also get a return trip + waiting time for about 12000 Lebanese pounds, which I guess is well worthy, as we did not see other service taxis when there
Just about 1 kilometre outside the village of Qana you can visit the cave where Jesus, together with his disciples, is supposed to have taken refuge several times from the heat. Apparently he brought his disciples there to hold lessons and teach them. The cave is clearly marked from the village, and it is well-kept: there is a path that leads you...more
In the area where the "miracle cave" lies, you can find several interesting bas-reliefs that are said to date back about 2000 years. They all represent scens and people from the bible: you have a carved stone showing Jesus turning water into wine, two other ones with Mary holding her child, Lazarus rising from its death, and several other ones...more
Qana is a shiite village in the south of Lebanon, not too far from the Israeli border, set among lovely green valleys and mountains. It's supposed to be the place where Jesus performed his first miracle: converting water into wine at a wedding.
Fondest memory: Qana is also the site of the new genocide: on 18 April 1996 the Israeli army shelled the local Fijian UN headquarters killing 106 civilians who had taken shelter in its buildings and church, and wounding 110 others. They were mostly women and children.