Arkansans in Lebanon Write Home About Violence in Middle East

JULY 19, 2006 - Posted at 8:01 a.m. CDT

FAYETTEVILLE, AR - The battles between Hezbollah militants and Israeli forces in Lebanon have made living there risky, so a University of Arkansas professor has ended his usual summertime stay and headed home.  Professor Adnan Haydar returned to northwest Arkansas this week, by way of a 14-hour car ride through Lebanon, Syria, and Jordan.  Haydar, who teaches Arabic at the university, had been in Lebanon since June 15.

Most summers, he said, he hosts an Arabic language institute, but he canceled this year's session.  He said the trip home included a 100-mile-an-hour dash through a tunnel that Israeli leaflets had warned local residents to avoid in case of potential attack.

Meanwhile, a doctoral candidate at the university and a southern Arkansas missionary have sent e-mails home expressing anxiety about living in Lebanon.  University of Arkansas student Nadine Sinno, originally from Lebanon, and Jennifer Bullock, a social worker from McNeil, said they both are working to get out of the country but are not sure when that might happen.

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