26 years old, Environmental Consultant

What do you like about Lebanon?
I really love Fairouz, she is my favorite singer! For instance, the song, “Eh fi amal (yes there is hope)”. Otherwise, I love our biodiversity, our forests, the Lebanese hospitality, our culture and of course,
our food!

What do you hate about Lebanon?
Sectarianism, discriminations, chaos. Sectarianism is the principal reason of our problems since forever.
It is contributing to erasing the concept of citizenship. Unfortunately, we are not citizens of a country. Everyone is following their religion and the leaders of their religion without thinking of the public benefit. I am religious and I practice my religion, but to me, it must be limited to the church, the mosque or the synagogue. In society, I am Lebanese. And I act as a citizen, with the same rights and duties as the others. It is written in our constitution but it is not applied!

Are you involved in an association or a movement?
I had been participating in the Lebanese Red Cross from age sixteen until 2005. Then, I got involved in many associations such as Nahwa el Muwatinya which means “towards citizenship”. And since 2009, I have participated in all the movements for the women rights, the environment, secularism, etc. This year, I am in the working team of the Laique Pride. I get involved because
I refuse to be passive. We need to work and be optimistic for a change, even if it is hard, instead of complaining all the time.

How do you see the future of your country?
In fact, I am not really optimistic. It has been more than sixty-six years that we have had “democracy” and until now we haven’t created a nation or an identity. Maybe that’s why I like Fairouz. She gave an identity to Lebanese with her voice.
I find my Lebanon in her songs.

If you had to leave Lebanon, where would you want to live?
In Europe because of the human rights, the public transportation and better urban planning… I am not looking for money; otherwise I would choose Qatar or Saudi Arabia.

A dream?
To live in a country where I am respected because of my opinions, my life choices and where I could realize my ambitions.
I prefer for it to happen in Lebanon, my country. But otherwise, anywhere else…

That’s Lebanon I love
This is a Tumblr blog which shows Beirut during the 60’s and 70’s.
I prefer this Beirut than the one we know today.
We are losing our heritage, our culture.

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