The families of the missing in Lebanon: on the potentials of participatory art in transitional justice

Sara Abdel Latif
Publication Year
Near and Middle East
Thematic Area
Law & Policies / Families
Transitional Justice / Recovery of remains / Excavation / Exhumation / Psychosocial Support / Mental Health / Memorialization / Family Needs
Open access

After the end of the Lebanese Civil War, 150,000 families were left to grieve, while thousands of others had to search for their missing family members. These search efforts caused stress and sorrow for these individuals, pushing them to reconstruct their identities and family roles.
This Working Paper written by Sara Abdel Latif explains the role that participatory art has played in elevating the families’ capacity for dealing with ambigu­ous loss and contributing to transi­tional justice in postwar Lebanon.