Having tired of the Hamra Street Festival, my friends decided it was time to do something different on Sunday..
“Let’s go to the beach! What about Batroun,” I suggested. “I’ve only ever been there once..Let’s go to Pierre and Friends.. I love that place..”
“Umm..,” my friend replied. “How about a pool? My Mom was telling me a story this morning about her friend who was swimming at a beach in Batroun when cow intestines followed by dead cow floated up onto the shore..”
“Whaaaaat?” I replied, “You’re not serious..Please tell me your not serious!”
“Nope, I’m quite serious, not only were they dead cows, but dead sick cows. I don’t know the details..but apparently instead of burning the cows, whoever was responsible chose to throw them into the sea.” he said..
“As if sewage and toxic waste weren’t enough, now there are dead cows in the Sea? This is just too much. Pool it is..” I said, but not before I did some research to make sure that what he said was in fact, the truth..
And sure enough, according to an article in the Daily Star titled, Dead cows in sea anger Batroun, Kfaraabida residents,
“BATROUN: Residents of the towns of Batroun and Kfaraabida are urging concerned authorities to remove a number of dead cows floating in the sea along the two towns’ coast. Some locals told The Daily Star that waves have driven the cows from the coast near Jounieh one week ago and no one has bothered to remove them. Some of the cows were beached on the coast and were producing bad odors. The residents of Batroun and Kfaraabida, beach-goers and owners of beach resorts urged concerned parties to protect the sea and the beach from pollution caused by the dead cows, and to prevent any damage to the tourism season. Experts highlighted the dangers of the incident, saying it required launching quick investigations to determine the cows’ origin, how they reached the Batroun coast as well as the reasons behind the negligence to address the issue for one week. –Antoine Amrieh”
First the Israeli attack of the Gaza Flotilla, then the death of Fadlallah, then the Adaysseh border clash, then the Burj Abi Haider clash, then Ramadan falling in the middle of the summer, now the dead cows floating in the already polluted sea..This year has not been good to Lebanon’s tourism industry. I will be VERY VERY surprised if these year’s tourism figures are on par with last year’s..I don’t think they’ll even come close. And that’s a damn shame..Lebanon is such a beautiful country with sooo much potential.
I wouldn’t want to be Tourism Minister Fadi Abboud right about now..