Let’s Pray for Beirut the Same Way We’re Praying for Paris.
I am from Lebanon.
As a writer, my introductions are normally hard. I need a line that can introduce my body of words in a catchy, yet narrowed way. But for the first time ever, my introduction isn’t as arduous as I thought.
Lebanon is that tiny country that stands between Syria and Israel. We’re only 10,452 kilometers square, hence, hard to spot on a map.
To start off, we sincerely express our solidarity with Paris after yesterday’s terror attacks.
Everybody knows what happened in Paris and the death toll from the series of orchestrated attacks.
On the contrast, allow me to tell you what half of the world “doesn’t” know, or perhaps chooses to ignore.
Two suicide bombings took place yesterday in Southern Beirut. Forty individuals were killed and 200 were injured. Shops were damaged, families were killed.
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We were left speechless. I watched the news of yesterday’s attacks in Beirut as if I was seeing a news program that keeps running on repeat. The insecurity we have constantly felt in Beirut has now returned stronger than ever. We thought that the series of bombings that were occurring in our country for the past six years finally came to an end. But they haven’t stopped.
Opening Facebook shortly after yesterday’s events in Paris to see a safety check option for those residing in Paris left me tongue-tied.
The truth is, there is peace in the Middle East as much as there is in Europe. But the media paints it differently.