National Geographic : 1995 Jun
On Assignment ending a lens, contract photogra pher ANNIE GRIFFITHS BELT (right) let Druze women in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights use her camera for a telescope as they searched for relatives over the Syrian border. Families such as these-riven geographically by the Six Day War-are rarely permitted get-togethers, so they hail loved ones across the 550-yard divide. "They refer to this place as 'shouting mountain,' " says Annie, "because as they call out, their Syrian family members stand on the other side, shouting back." Annie and her husband, Assistant Editor DON BELT, kept their own family together during fieldwork in Galilee, living with their two young children on a local kibbutz. "Our neighbors turned out to be wonder ful contacts," says Don, "and kib butz life was great for the kids." JANICE MOLINARI The family's experiences will be featured in an EXPLORER segment that will air July 16 on TBS Superstation. In the southern Golan Heights (below) Don visited a Syrian bun ker, destroyed in the 1967 war, that looks down on the family's kibbutz. "Farmers used to work their fields here just a stone's throw from the Syrian guns," he says. "When you see how tightly surrounded Israel is, you can understand its sense of vulnerability." The Belts met when Don was as signed to write captions for Annie's photographs of North Dakota in the March 1987 issue. The next year the couple were married, leaving three days later to cover Baja California for the magazine. According to Annie, "If you really want to know a guy, spend eight weeks in the desert with him, in a jeep." NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (ISSN 0027-9358) IS PUBLISHEDMONTHLY BYTHENATIONALGEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY,1145 17THST. N.W., WASHINGTON, D. C. 20036-4688. $24.00 A YEAR,$2.65 A COPY. SECOND-CLASS POSTAGEPAIDATWASHINGTON,D. C., ANDELSEWHERE.POSTMASTER: SENDADDRESSCHANGESTO NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, P.O . BOX2174, WASHINGTON, D. C. 20013.