Sarine Eskibachian: “I have not regained my zest for life but I am much better now”.

Sarine Eskibachian, 30, has hardly any scars on her face. “I have had five surgeries, mostly fat transplants and a lot of laser treatment to remove as much of the scars as I can. I still have to undergo a surgery for my right eyelid, because sometimes my eye doesn’t close anymore,” she says, delightedContinue reading “Sarine Eskibachian: “I have not regained my zest for life but I am much better now”.”

Siham Tekian: “Everything saddens me now. I was very lucky, but I am thinking mainly of the deteriorating situation in Lebanon”.

Siham Tekian lives on Armenia Street in the Mar Mikhael neighborhood, which was badly affected by the explosion. She runs a grocery store in the same building where she resides. Everything Siham possesses was destroyed by the explosion on August 4, 2020, and she was injured. “I came out of my house to call forContinue reading “Siham Tekian: “Everything saddens me now. I was very lucky, but I am thinking mainly of the deteriorating situation in Lebanon”.”

Dozens of migrant workers and Syrian refugees were among the Beirut blast victims.

“I was happy to find my daughter, but I had no idea she would be in the morgue”. More than 50 foreign nationals, including migrant workers and Syrian refugees, were killed in the Beirut blast. Hundreds of them were injured. Five are still missing. The names of some of the victims, possibly migrants, have neverContinue reading “Dozens of migrant workers and Syrian refugees were among the Beirut blast victims.”

Hayat Abou Chakra: “For me it’s always August 4, 2020”

“In one year, Hayat Abou Chakra, took more than 20 years. In her 60s, this slender blonde woman lost her 38-year-old son Chady in the Beirut Blast. Deaf from birth, Chady did not hear the emergency services who failed to locate him under the rubble of a building. His body was still warm when heContinue reading “Hayat Abou Chakra: “For me it’s always August 4, 2020””

Ritta Hanna, “I don’t even have to close my eyes to see the images scroll in front of me, all day long”

“My car was parked here. It wasn’t broken as much as my body,” says Ritta Hanna as she walks down rue Pasteur, in the Gemmayzé district. Rita Hanna was seriously injured in Beirut in the August 4, 2020, blast. It is for the first time in a year that she comes back the scene. “TheContinue reading “Ritta Hanna, “I don’t even have to close my eyes to see the images scroll in front of me, all day long””

Naji Massoud  “The Beirut I know is gone”

“The neighborhood will never go back to the way it was before. The Beirut that I know is gone,” says photographer Naji Massoud, a year after the August 4, 2020, blast. Sitting on his balcony, a hundred meters from the silos of the port, he had miraculously escaped death. Even if in his neighborhood, aContinue reading “Naji Massoud  “The Beirut I know is gone””

Adriné Nakaranian  “We now have a brand-new house”

Bourj Hammoud and Nabaa are poor neighborhoods of the northern suburb of Beirut; they were heavily affected by the explosion of August 4, 2020. CARE International helped residents of these two regions through many projects. Among the projects carried out was the restoration of impacted houses. Adriné Zakararian, is 44 years old. She is aContinue reading “Adriné Nakaranian  “We now have a brand-new house””

Bayan, 19, “Women are all of the society and not half of it”

Bayan Akkari is 19 years old, and if she had the means, she would have changed the world. Tall, slim and self-confident, Bayan Akkari believes that women are all of the society, not half of it. “Women are the ones who raise children, girls and boys. They are therefore responsible for the way society looksContinue reading “Bayan, 19, “Women are all of the society and not half of it””

Bayan, 19 ans, «les femmes c’est toute la société»

Bayan Akkari a 19 ans, et si elle avait les moyens, elle aurait changé le monde. Grande mince et sûre d’elle-même, Bayan Akkari estime que les femmes c’est toute la société et non la moitié. «Ce sont elles qui élèvent les enfants, filles et garçons. Elle sont donc responsables du regard que toute la sociétéContinue reading “Bayan, 19 ans, «les femmes c’est toute la société»”

Ghaïda Nawam: La sensibilité n’est pas une faiblesse elle nous aide à voir les choses différemment et à être solidaires

Ghaïda Nawam est la cofondatrice de Nusaned, une ONG libanaise qui a vu le jour il y a peine un an et qui a rapidement grandi. Aujourd’hui Nusaned fait partie d’un consortium d’ONG locales couvrant plusieurs régions libanaises. Elle est aussi la partenaire de CARE International sur des projets de reconstruction de Beyrouth. «Depuis queContinue reading “Ghaïda Nawam: La sensibilité n’est pas une faiblesse elle nous aide à voir les choses différemment et à être solidaires”