I am pretty sure almost everybody has seen this picture, that won the World Press Photo

World Press Photo 2006

The general desription of the picture was something along the lines of “wealthy, bored libanese teenagers war-touristing the just bombed area, while SMS-ing and cruising in their hot shot cabrio”.

Today, a newspaper here published an interview with the group.

(…) However, the depicted, Jad (22), Bissan (29), Tamara Maroun, Liliane Nacouzi (22) en Noor Nasser (21) didn’t feel ‘fabulous’ at all that day. They gathered in the appartment of Bissan’s fiancee Wissam Awad in the Christian neighbourhoo. Tamara, the blonde, is the only one not there. Lana El Khalil (25) however is, the owner of the red sportscar, well, actually an orange Mini Cooper. They like the world to know a few things about the World Press Photo.

“See the sticker on the dashboard?”, while she points at the picture. “That is a Samidoun sticker, a volonteer organisation that was formed during the war to help victims”. (…) “After the first boms had fallen, we immediately started to provide help. I opened my appartment in Hamra to refugees from the south, and went back to live with my parents”. The first couple of days he drove in the dahiye to pick up the homeless and drive them to the shelters. Later he brought goods to the peaople who had stayed in the daiye. He drove the Mini Cooper that was about to become a symbol of the lack of compassion of beautiful, young people from Lebannon.

The others are all from the southern outskirts of Beirut. Four from the dahiye, one from the next area, Shiya. Noor is only muslim, the others are Christians. Haret Hreik, at the center of the dahiye, was originally a Christian neighbourhood.

Well well, too easy to assume I guess.

Usual disclaimer: my translation.