Particularly violent fighting took place between various Palestinian armed groups in the Ain el Helweh camp.

The market garden of Napoleon, a gardener living nearby, on the west coast of Lebanon, has suffered major damage directly related to the clashes. On 2250 square meters, Napoleon cultivated tomatoes, cucumbers and salads in his six greenhouses: all organically farmed. This year, Napoleon's harvest has halved.

Napoleon, gardener in Darb es Sim:

I have spent my life in Darb es Sim, I have often seen fighting between Palestinian factions in the neighbouring camp of Ain el Helweh. But those of this summer, which lasted three weeks, were the most violent. My family and I had to stay hidden. 

The crop failure is not related to any drought or excessive rainfall: Napoleon’s exploitation is located at Darb es Sim, close to the largest Palestinian camp in Lebanon, Ain el Helweh. The collateral damage of Islamist struggles in the camp is major. Rockets and shrapnel fall on Napoleon's property.

The highest of his greenhouses, which he named "the chapel", was damaged. The work to restore the roof measuring forty-nine meters by nine has reached $1055, or $277 per square meter. The association has also supported the purchase of an engine to help him draw water from a well, which now allows him to irrigate his lands.



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"I ask you to be revolutionary. Have the courage to go to counter-current. And also have the courage to be happy!" Pope Francis, July 28, speech to the volunteers of the WYD, Rio de Janeiro.

"I ask you to be revolutionaries. Have the courage to go against the grain. And have the courage to be happy!"

Pope Francis,

July 28, speech to WYD volunteers, Rio de Janeiro.