A Letter from Beirut to Paris
– By Tracy Atieh –
(By Reem Abi Samra)
Paris, if there’s something Beirut can teach you, it’s not to be scared.
Don’t be scared of men going into offices and massacring people because of a cartoon.
Don’t be scared of men trying to get into a football stadium and blowing themselves up,
Don’t be scared of men going into restaurants and killing innocent people having dinner,
Paris, don’t be scared of men going into a concert and murdering people who were just there to have a great Friday night.
Paris, here’s a message to you from Beirut with love, get up on your knees and face the enemies with a LOVE FOR LIFE THAT THEY CAN NEVER TAKE AWAY FROM YOU.
They’ve been trying for years to rip up the tiny country we call home. To take away the only thing we have left, la joie de vivre. Took away our money, our water, our electricity, our civic duty to love a country that treats its citizens with everything BUT respect. Paris, don’t be scared. Don’t be scared because your people will always put you first and their love for your city will overcome any kind of evil. Paris, I love you and I’m telling you, you will be ok.
I write this with a broken heart, because Lebanon might not. My people will not put their country first. My people will put the people who are destroying my country first. You see Paris, between you and me, the difference between our enemies is that ours is one of us. More lives in Lebanon will be destroyed by a crap government made up of incompetent war criminals than ISIS will ever take.
That’s why Paris, believe me you will be ok. My beautiful Beirut, maybe one day everyone can love you as much as I do, and maybe I can go go back home and be safe. Maybe one day, people will be shocked there was a bomb in Beirut that took 40 something lives. Maybe one day the world will think my people’s lives also matter. Maybe one day my people will think their lives also matter.