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From October 1985 until January 1988, warring factions used everything from heavy artillery to sniper fire, pounded the tiny Palestinian refugee camp in West Beirut known as Shatila. Besieged is an account of simple courage and ingenuity, of human dignity in circumstances of war and deprivation, of ordinary people doing extraordinary things. During five months of fierce fighting, Dr. Giannou and his medical team performed hundreds of operations and 650 people who were seriously injured were saved.
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Dr. Chris Giannou was born and raised in Toronto. He has served for eight years with the Palestine Red Crescent Society in Lebanon and spent over twenty years living, studying and working in the Third World.From Publishers Weekly:
Giannou, a Canadian surgeon and self-described PLO member, garnered media attention in 1982 when he claimed to have witnessed atrocities by the Israeli Defense Forces (a claim that the IDF has refuted) during their military action in southern Lebanon while he was working at a PLO-run hospital. Now he offers an admittedly partisan and "simplified" account of his later years at a Palestine Red Crescent facility in Beirut's Shatila refugee camp, which was under siege between 1985 and 1988 by warring Palestinian, Lebanese and Syrian factions. Giannou did not function as an outsider providing medical services: he also arranged secret gatherings among leaders of various PLO factions under hospital cover. Here he glorifies the guerrilla fighters on whom he operated and tells of meeting with PLO leaders of various stripes (from the more moderate to those who speak of "liberating all of Palestinep. 82 "); he even numbers members of Hizbollah--the Iranian-backed Shi'ite fundamentalist group responsible for hostage-takings and other atrocities--among his friends. In 1988 Giannou returned to Canada after realizing that he had gotten "lost in his passion" and had become "inefficient as a doctor." Photos.
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Book Description Key Porter Books, 1990. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX1550132199