CRIME AGAINST THE LEBANESE CEDARS!!!
Dear Friends, and readers, I am still shocked with what I saw with some friends when we visited the beautiful CEDAR forest of Jaj. The CEDARS of Jaj are known for their special form: round, tall, growing up in the Rocks; (more than 15 m tall, and 4 m of circumference)
For those who don’t know about this forest, historically, the village of Jaj and its forest that covered the Lebanese mountain, used to be the background “promised land” of Byblos. The wood of the cedars used to go though the rivers to Byblos, and then to Egypt….
Today to reach the trees, you need to walk 15 minutes from the new main road. ( Lehfed-Jaj-Laklouk) ;
I remember climbing the mountains with my parents and my cousin and Greenpeace back in the 90s to discover the forest, and make sure that it is clean. It took us several hours of climbing the mountain with its big rocks, and with the help the army, the teenagers we were, discovered the church, the “neige eternelle” and the beautiful scenery and trees…. tall, round and old old cedars…..
Today and with the help of the Monaco Fund, a road of white stone had been built, 15 minutes to 20 minutes of walk is enough to reach the oldest trees and tiny old church between them.
What we discovered with the friends were: barbecue leftovers at the bottom of the oldest CEDAR tree!!!
Yes a Bag of COALS!!!! Under the cedar tree, Stones prepared for a bonfire , ashes under the cedars forest!!!!! People are going there and camping and Lighting fire and eating and throwing their leftovers ( bottles of wine, beer, Kleenex, cigarette….) under the trees!!!!! the Oldest trees in the region!!!!!
I am still shocked by the incivility of some people!!!! We also discovered near the beautiful small church a landfill with plastic bottles, dirty Kleenex….AND a grill!!!!!!!!! I’ll stop counting for you to see the pictures!!! My hands are still shaking from rage!
I noted that their were many signs asking people in 3 languages to keep the place Clean!!!
Who can take action, and help in the Preservation of Lebanon’s treasure the CEDARS????