Dida Guigan was just two weeks old when she was whisked out of war-torn Beirut by her new parents, one of thousands of children adopted internationally during Lebanon's civil war. She spent nine years looking for her Lebanese birth mother, only to find her living an hour away from the Swiss village where Guigan was raised by her adoptive family.
A large collection of ancient Roman columns left by Beirut’s waterfront face an uncertain future as the Directorate General of Antiquities offers blurry plans for their relocation. The latest find of at-risk archaeological remains were reportedly originally stored in a waterfront warehouse close to where the columns are now piled. But plans to renovate the area by real estate giant Solidere forced the warehouse to shut down, leaving an estimated 400 to 500 hundred pieces of Roman columns scattered near BIEL.