(New York Magazine) The nail salon in the picturesque village of Ras Baalbek looks like any other nail salon in Lebanon. Located in the northeast of the country, close to the Syrian border, the predominantly Christian town is quiet today, drenched in June sunlight. A group of women chatter excitedly as they fan their freshly painted fingernails and examine their pedicures.
"You can't see that color on your nails," a pretty girl in her 20s says to her middle-aged, heavyset aunt, who is drying her toes. "You should have picked a different color."
Her mother laughs. "Look at us, there's a war and we're doing our nails. And next week there will be a wedding in the village. We must be very confident."
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Her aunt snorts. "Well, all I can say is, I'll kill myself before I let them take me."
The girl tuts at her. "Hush, tante. Hezbollah won't let that happen."