Join us for an author evening with Dr Ang Swee Chai where she'll be discussing her book From Beirut to Jerusalem originally published in 1989
Dr Ang Swee Chai grew up supporting Israel. Arabs, she was told, were terrorists. But in 1982 the British media broadcast the relentless bombing of Beirut by Israeli planes. Shocked, her view of Israel began to change. It was then that she heard of an international appeal for an orthopaedic surgeon to treat war victims in Beirut. The petite woman - she is just under 1.5 metres - resigned her job in London, bade her husband farewell and set out on a journey to civil war Beirut.
From Beirut to Jerusalem is the true story of one woman's journey to make the world notice the plight of the Palestinian people.
"I still have with me my picture of destitute Palestinian children of Shatila camp standing amid the ruin and rubble. They survived the massacre but lost their parents and homes. We thought all was lost. But they raised their hands making the victory sign and said to me: “We are not afraid, let Israel come”. I have returned many times to the camp but never been able to find those children again. They must have perished since. But they live forever in my heart. Whenever the situation becomes unbearable, I revisit this picture for strength" - Ang Swee Chai
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