The FPM official did not just cite the “possibility” of providing essential drinking water to the Beirut area. His main reason was his own concern about the Syrian refugees having settled their tents in the area, as he said.
According to his fervent debate on Thursday evening’s MTV episode of Sar El Waket, the refugees seem to have taken over the dam.
Former minister Ghassan Atallah actually stressed the necessity for a dam in the area in order to avoid Syrian refugees filling up the valley.
“Do you know now what the village of Bisri holds? Syrian refugees,” the FPM official said. He goes on to fuss about the tents of Syrian refugees in these lands and that, after two months, they will turn them into constructed houses.
“What is best? To fill it with water or with Syrian refugees?” he questioned in a challenging tone.
“Instead of focusing on the desperate Syrian refugees who have shown more national unity to the country, focus on how the government could have stopped a disastrous explosion from happening in Beirut that made us lose our men and women,” the environmentalist and activist told the official off.
For two years, activists and environmentalists demonstrated against the World Bank-funded project, which would have caused immense harm to the Bisri valley. The area is densely forested and hosts farmlands as well as a number of ruins and heritage sites.