Marco Abraham Lost Blood

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Lost Blood

 
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This book contains explicit accounts of the atrocities committed against the refugees of Sabra and Shatila camps in 1982 in Lebanon by the only eyewitness to have survived and written a book about the horrors. It is a minute by minute account of the brutal killings of the refugees of the camps. The Israeli government, amid massive protests in their own country created the Kahan Commission to investigate the Sabra and Shatila Massacre. The Kahan Commission report states, We have found, as has been detailed in this report, that the Minister of Defense (Ariel Sharon) bears personal responsibility. The transcripts of this investigation have never been released. It is hoped that the Israeli government will release these files this September, the 25th anniversary of the massacre. The release of these transcripts will be anticipated by millions of people worldwide.

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About the Author:

Marco Abraham was born without of country in refugee in Shatla, refugee palestinian camp . He was raised in the world we understant; a family who loved him, classmates he played soccer with and the best friend that shared everything with him. He was also raised in the world that we have no concept of; bodies littering the streets, AK-47s to "play" with and snipers shotting those same classmates on the soccer field. That was all "normal" compared to what he lived through in the early fall of 1982 . On september 16 , 1982 he witnessed without being seen the slaughter of woman, children and old men that became known as Sabra and Shatila Massacre. He is now sharing his story of the artrocities he witnessed in Sabra and Shatila Massacre. He is extremely proud to now be an American citizen and is determined to share his story and show that his country and its values are indeed "heaven" and more importantly to attempt to make us all understand that peace is not only desired and hoped for but desperate necessity. In his words " We are all brothers. We are all capable of making desicions and this desicions must steer our world to peace."

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Book in a nutshell: Abraham was just 18 years old when he survived the massacre of unarmed and innocent Palestinian refugees living in the Shatila and Sabra camps in Beirut, Lebanon. Beginning in June 1982, the camps came under a three-month siege by the Israeli army, which was trying to rout out members of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The area was bombed and no food or water allowed inside. Starving refugees were forced to eat cats, dogs, rats and even human flesh to survive. But the worst was yet to come, when the Lebanese Christian Phalangists attacked the camps. The Phalangists were seeking revenge for the assassination of the newly elected president of Lebanon, Bashir Gemayel of the Phalange Party. The guerrillas came in for blood, wielding hatchets, swords and knives. Women, children and elderly people were raped, tortured and murdered by the thousands in the most gruesome ways possible. The author's fiancée, Rola, was among those who didn't survive. Abraham spares no words as he describes in haunting detail all that he saw. Best tidbit: Despite the suffering and brutality Abraham witnessed, he calls for peace among Muslims, Jews and Christians in the hope that all will have a better future without hate and revenge. --rocky mountain newspaper

Lost Blood is a captivating non-fiction and firsthand account of a young boy s life in a Middle Eastern refugee camp and his subsequent survival of the brutal and historic Sabra and Shatila Massacre. The story begins when the author is a child. He poignantly redefines childhood in this politically unstable area, where he and his friends play among snipers and war vehicles yet still manage, as most children do, to remain resilient and create for themselves happiness, loyal and deep friendships and love. While the descriptions are graphic at times, the author has respected the reader s need for the unedited truth, no matter how intense that truth may be; he takes the reader on a draining emotional rollercoaster among the atrocities through which he lived, culminating with the several days of what one may describe as hell on earth . He etches such a vivid picture in the reader s mind of this senseless loss of innocent life that it makes one pause to marvel that such atrocities took place on this same earth. --Robin P. Gehris, MD FAAD FAAP

Lost Blood is not a book that will easily be forgotten. It is haunting. The reader is left with the unfulfilled desire to reconcile the "why" with the "what." Unfortunately, there is no offered rhyme or reason. The burden of making sense of the injustices described within the pages is left on the shoulders of the reader. It is an important story. It is a true story. It is a story of experiences that are not isolated to this particular massacre or this particular region of the world. Through Lost Blood, the author opens the door of understanding, empathy, and world-awareness, even if only a crack. The book has the potential to create a change. A change that may influence our perspective and lead us to a more tolerant and compassionate future. Lost Blood is a combination narrative and a tender love story. The striking difference that sets it apart from others in this genre is the atrocious environment that provides the stage for the author's experiences. The story is written in a straightforward, matter-of-fact, graphic, crude, and at times, offensive tone. All of this contributes to the reader becoming immersed in the story of a different time and different place. There are parts of the book that are graphically detailed and painful to read. This is no small feat in a culture that surrounds itself by obligatory gore in our movies, television shows, and video games. Unfortunately, to truly get a sense of the desperation, violence, and evil experienced by the victims of this --Natalie Savage, Washburn University Instructor - Anthropology

Lost Blood is not a book that will easily be forgotten. It is haunting. The reader is left with the unfulfilled desire to reconcile the "why" with the "what." Unfortunately, there is no offered rhyme or reason. The burden of making sense of the injustices described within the pages is left on the shoulders of the reader. It is an important story. It is a true story. It is a story of experiences that are not isolated to this particular massacre or this particular region of the world. Through Lost Blood, the author opens the door of understanding, empathy, and world-awareness, even if only a crack. The book has the potential to create a change. A change that may influence our perspective and lead us to a more tolerant and compassionate future. Lost Blood is a combination narrative and a tender love story. The striking difference that sets it apart from others in this genre is the atrocious environment that provides the stage for the author's experiences. The story is written in a straightforward, matter-of-fact, graphic, crude, and at times, offensive tone. All of this contributes to the reader becoming immersed in the story of a different time and different place. There are parts of the book that are graphically detailed and painful to read. This is no small feat in a culture that surrounds itself by obligatory gore in our movies, television shows, and video games. Unfortunately, to truly get a sense of the desperation, violence, and evil experienced by the victims of this massacre the shocking, graphic descriptions are necessary. The in-your-face writing style holds the reader's attention even when they wish to turn away. In his writing, Marco Abraham has successfully captured a truth about the human spirit and the resilience of youth. His childhood descriptions include happiness and playing, although the toys were guns and the play amid dead bodies. Even friends killed during the games the children were playing, did not completely stifle the ability of the author to be a child. The story provides poignant insight into the experience of boys becoming men in a time of strife and misery. The author wants to bravely fulfill his duty of providing for his family and hopefully in doing so, catches the attention and approval of the girl he loves. --Natalie Savage, Washburn University Instructor - Anthropology

Book in a nutshell: Abraham was just 18 years old when he survived the massacre of unarmed and innocent Palestinian refugees living in the Shatila and Sabra camps in Beirut, Lebanon. Beginning in June 1982, the camps came under a three-month siege by the Israeli army, which was trying to rout out members of the Palestine Liberation Organization. The area was bombed and no food or water allowed inside. Starving refugees were forced to eat cats, dogs, rats and even human flesh to survive. But the worst was yet to come, when the Lebanese Christian Phalangists attacked the camps. The Phalangists were seeking revenge for the assassination of the newly elected president of Lebanon, Bashir Gemayel of the Phalange Party. The guerrillas came in for blood, wielding hatchets, swords and knives. Women, children and elderly people were raped, tortured and murdered by the thousands in the most gruesome ways possible. The author's fiancée, Rola, was among those who didn't survive. Abraham spares no words as he describes in haunting detail all that he saw. Best tidbit: Despite the suffering and brutality Abraham witnessed, he calls for peace among Muslims, Jews and Christians in the hope that all will have a better future without hate and revenge. --rocky mountain newspaper

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