OTD in 1982, from approximately 18:00 on 16 September to 08:00 on 18 September 1982, a widespread massacre was carried out by the militia under the eyes of their Israeli allies which resulted in the killing of between 460 and 3,500 civilians. Travel writer Peter Mortimer reports on Shatila, the Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon – scene of the Shatila massacre of 1982, now home to about 12,000 people living in one square kilometre. The author developed a children’s theatre group in the camp, whose members will be visiting the UK around publication.

Camp Shatila

Shatila is a Palestinian refugee camp in outer Beirut, home to 17,000 people existing in an area the size of a cricket field, and the scene of the Shatila massacre when up to 3,000 were killed. This book documents Peter Mortimer’s time on camp, including setting up a children’s theatre group which travelled to Britain for the book’s publicaiton. With humour and insight, he details the day-to-day problems facing a Westerner far removed from his comfort zone.

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