During the Lebanese Civil War Muslim militants launched an assault on a Lebanese military base near Gabriel's house and bombed her home, collapsing it. Brigitte's mother was severely injured and spent 2 1/2 months in an Israeli hospital recovering.
Gabriel and her parents were forced to live in a 8x10 bomb shelter underground for several years with no heat, running water and little food. To get water she claims to have crawled underground to a spring in a ditch. Before they left they said prayers, because they did not know if they would come back alive.
In 1978, when she was 13, a man warned Brigittes family that Islamic militants were coming and the Christians are in danger. On that day she dressed in burial clothes in preparation.
In 1978 a man warned her of an impending attack by Islamic militias. Her life was saved that night when Israelis invaded Lebanon in Operation Litani. Later, her mother became ill and was taken to an Israeli hospital where Brigitte noted the humanity of the Israelis in contrast to the propaganda she had viewed as a child.