In Shatila

a play by Stijn Devillé

1 act
2 young men:
Hassan, in his late twenties
Bassem, his older brother.
Hassan and Bassem are two young palestinians who survived the massacre in Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon in 1982. While the world enjoyed the ’82 World Cup Football in Spain, the Israeli troups of defense minister Ariel Sharon interfered in the Lebanese civil war, to rally out all PLO elements. When the whole PLO fled to Tunis, Sharon claimed that there were still 2000 militiamen among the Shatila refugee camp inhabitants. This was not so, but nevertheless Sharon sent in armed troups who killed up to 3,500 men, women and children (even babies) in 48 hours of time.
Hassan and Bassem saw how their mother, father, brothers and sisters were slaughtered. They were not even 10 years old, but they managed to survive. Bassem had hidden in a cupboard and stayed there for days. Hassan couldn’t escape, was shot and fell; his mother’s and sisters’ bodies fell over him. The killers thought he was dead. That’s how he survived. But Bassem never knew what Hassan had seen.
Today, Hassan still remains captured between the walls of the camp. He tries to study medecine on his own, tries to raise his two nephews (Bassem’s sons), but he’s confronted with the daily reality of the camp. Bassem, however, succeeds in finding his ways. He’s even found a way of making profit, by installing a small shop in his minibus. He sells water, sweets, electricity. Even weapons.
When Hassan asks Bassem about these weapons, and asks him to stop with it, Bassem denies he’s got anything to do with it. But Hassan knows their childhood friend Hamad is a go-between for a terrorist group, he knows Bassem is providing Hamad with loads of weapons. So he makes a deal with Hamad himself: Hassan will join Hamad’s group as a suicide bomber, if Hamad leaves Bassem and the children alone.
In the central scene between Bassem and Hassan, Bassem finds out the deal Hassan made with Hamad. He thinks his brother has gone crazy and tries to stop him. But then Hassan tells the horror he has lived.
In the text, each character/voice starts at another tabulator distance of the left margin. There are no other indications of characters (no names, numbers etc.).