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When Fadlallah was born, the Shias of southern Lebanon were mired in grinding poverty as hardscrabble farmers in scattered villages or as tobacco sharecroppers, virtually ignored by the authorities in French Mandate of Lebanon.
Lebanon's international border was drawn up in 1923 by Colonels Paulet and Newcombe - French and British officers at the time of the French Mandate of Lebanon and the British Mandate of Palestine.
Modern Lebanese emigration began in the 19th century well before the French Mandate of Lebanon and the creation of Lebanon as an independent state.