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High Point Enterprise, The (Newspaper) - September 5, 1976, High Point, North Carolina16c High Point Enterprise sunday september 5, 1976 lebanese refugees quit slums for apartments of Rich Beirut Lebanon a Mohammed Nasser is a 46 year old lebanese War refugee who finds living in a luxurious Seaside apartment too much for his taste. He is one of More than 15, 000 homeless lebanese and palestinians who abandoned slums and refugee Camps in the Christian enclave of East Beirut. Many ended up in High Rise apartments vacated by the fleeing Rich on the moslem Side. This apartment indeed is too luxurious for me but my wife and nine children Are getting to like it. This is my dilemma. When have to return to our slum i m sure the children will cry and ask for a luxurious said Nasser in an interview. His wife nodded while her children bounced around the spacious place which would have rented for More than a month in pre civil War Beirut. Four weeks ago Nasser fled his slum quarters Anc spent one night sleeping on a sidewalk with his family. Someone told him there were several empty apartments in the Rouche Quarter in moslem held Western Beirut. We just walked into it Anc settled Down. But lacked Many necessities and some gunmen supplied us with six blankets five plates and other bits and pieces. We Are doing All right he said. In a neighbouring High Rise building a Young Mother with six children took Over a nicely furnished apartment that belonged to Abdel Halim Hafez a famous egyptian Singer. Hafez is Rich and can afford to find another Flat. We Are poor and homeless. Besides Hafez used this apartment fleetingly Dur ing his infrequent visits to Beirut. We need it not for fun but to said the Mother frieze Liddawi. Her palestinian refugee husband was absent trying to earn some bread for she said. There Are thousands of empty apartments and about 50 hotels in several Beirut quarters where refugees have been trying to resettle. These apartments belong to Rich lebanese who tied to Texe it Mon Ali civil War. Others were vacated by foreigners after Vio ence wrecked their businesses in Lebanon. You can live in a gorgeous Flat in Beirut without having to pay anything. As a matter of fact i know some families who would pay you to stay in their apartments during their absence said a Money changer in Beirut s Elvis gives patient fan Diamond ring Mobile. Ala. A a Man who waited 20 hours for front Row seats to an Elvis Presley concert said he asked Elvis to give him a Dia mond ring and the Singer obliged. Tommy Milham 33. Said Friday he regarded the pre sent As a Reward for my he said a jeweler appraised it at but he was not interested in Selling it. A newspaper article had recorded Milham s Marathon wait for tickets to the con Cert last sunday. Milham said when he saw the Singer in a crowd of fans he asked him to autograph a copy of the Story. He said Elvis known for sometimes bestowing expensive gifts on his fans handed the article to an aide and was about to give Milham a Scarf. Milham said he shouted that he wanted the ring and Elvis reached Over the grasping hands of fans and gave it to him. Sawl won once fashionable Hamra Street. A Mechanic moved into a four bedroom apartment at Rouche to keep an Eye on it until the owner returns from Paris when the War is he said the owner has been sending him Money to stay on in the apartment and guard it against looters and refugees who might take it Over. We just can t approve of gunmen taking Over apart ments by Force. These will be punished. But sympathize with homeless refugees and try to help said Nohad Mali director of the resettlement Bureau. The Bureau Organ of the leftist moslem local and in Western Beirut has resettled 600 families and 650 More Are awaiting their turn. We Are conducting a general Survey to determine the number of families to be resettled. We use school buildings empty apartment buildings and hotels for that said Orfali. We will take Over 15 per cent of All furnished Flats and hotels in Beirut and use them for he said. Our motive is purely humanitarian and All financially Able citizens will have to help Orfali said resettled refugees Don t any rent but others who can afford it will have to pay. The Bureau operates a confiscation system of apartments vacated by flee ing lebanese and foreigners. These go to lebanese driven out of their Homes in the Christian sector. If any lebanese proves that he lost an apartment in Eastern Beirut confiscate an empty apartment Here and give it to him within 24 said Orfali. The Bureau is run by a Board that groups All moslem militia organizations in Western Beirut. Yasir Arafat s palestinian liberation organization also is represented. We often Are faced with the problem of gunmen Tak ing Over apartments or whole buildings for their families or friends. We sometimes Are told of families who move to better apartments and leave their own. Our popular Security units now Are handling such cases. All must know our resettlement program is strictly temporary. Conditions will have to return to Normal and every apartment will have to be returned to its original owners once the War is i Lowe s nol inc Uaea 68 la. Bag Concrete mix Dale Bunyan "2 x 4" studs actual size 1 x3 Limi Limi solid cast Iron Franklin fireplace with grate Boot Here s warmth atmosphere and real convenience with the doors open you have a cozy fire with them closed it radiates heat throughout the room. The styling is authentic Early american and you can even Cook on it full line of accessories available Early warning smoke Detector protects life Home and property Poulan 97 each warns before there is visible flame or smoke so there s still time to get out. 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