25 years old, consultant and project manager

What do you like about Lebanon?
Beautiful things in Lebanon are often simple. One season (spring), food (green almonds, the kebbeh of my mother, grilled fish), landscapes (sea), people (the baker who knows your name and knows in advance how you like your man'ouché, walkers on the corniche, the activists that do not give up fighting for the cause they believe in).
Its charm also lies in its diversity of cultures, landscapes, beliefs ... which is far from unique
but it is interesting because of its concentration in reduced physical / geographical space.

What do you hate about Lebanon?
Apathy, laws, Sky Bar, the contemporary Arabic music, the concept of personal space. We are so used that it is crap, 
there is no electricity, the government is corrupt, that the price of milk is astronomical, etc... 
We have developed resistance not only to our condition (which might be commendable), but a tolerance for the poor. 
We do mediocre projects, we have poor cities, we dance in poor bars and we produce mediocre artists.

Are you involved in an association or a movement?
I am part of Nasawiya, a feminist collective that works on several topics. I am particularly interested in women's rights 
and the role of women in the workplace. Even though I often feel act in a vacuum (only 200 protesters for law against domestic violence) I cannot sit idly in front of so many things to fix.

How do you see the future of your country?
Without me. Five years ago, my whole family left. I stayed in Lebanon only because I had the impression that I have to stay. 
To fight. To make a difference. I used a stupid metaphor to justify my choice: we do not add ingredients to a cake after baked. 
I had to stay to be taken into consideration as well as those who are like me. I stayed in the hope of being an agent of change. But I have no illusions anymore. I feel like eaten by the mediocrity of those around me. 
Even the most brilliant live, move, produce here at a pace that disenchanted me. I need to change to be surrounded (at work, 
in friendships ...) by people who challenge me constantly. I made the grief of a country that does not really want to be helped. Women who are fighting against laws made to protect them. Directors general of ministries that block a new initiative by pure political opposition. A feudal system that continues to respect monopolies (telecommunications, food ....) we do not question. A population that accepts all without flinching. 
This is not a country where I want to live. This is much less a country where I want to have a family, employees, a mortgage...

If you had to leave Lebanon, where would you want to live?
Brazil, France, Turkey, San Francisco ... But I do not think I would stay long either. A few years perhaps until the next adventure?

A dream?
I have simple dreams. A family, good food, good health, a job that excites me and motivates me every day.

That’s Lebanon I love
I am a huge fan of culinary delights (I have a blog: permanenthunger.com) and I never stop to discover
the richness of the culinary world of Lebanon, thanks to the blog of Barbara Massad particular.

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