Ongoing violence and destruction in Lebanon hits home

Sabah J. Webby-DeMace      Dupont PA

I am very sad to hear of all the violence in Beirut, Lebanon. Every day, innocent people are being killed. For as long as I can remember, I have always been told how beautiful Lebanon is. Growing up, (I heard) the stories and saw pictures of the country that I was born in. Two years ago, I had the chance to experience it for myself. I spent a few weeks there meeting aunts, uncles and cousins that I have always heard about. My Aunt Marie along with her husband and two children live in Beirut. I spent five nights there and it was one of my favorite places. I spoke with my aunt the other day -- she said my cousins’ children are scared to sleep because of the constant bombing that seems to be more at night. Having family there makes it hard for me to watch the news and see what is happening to the beautiful country that I love. It is even harder for my mom. She has two sisters and a brother there. From the Mediterranean Sea to the mountains, the sights I saw took my breath away. It was the most beautiful place I have ever seen. Anyone who has ever been to Lebanon knows just what I mean.

There is something about the air, the land, the people. I will never forget what my godfather said to me at the Beirut airport when I was leaving, as I wiped my tears away. “Don’t forget about us in Lebanon, it’s safe to come back and bring your husband and kids. We would love to meet them.” I don’t know how much more Lebanon can take. I pray it will survive this war, so I can someday return with my family and they can experience the same things I did. One of the best lyrics ever written was by John Lennon, “Imagine all the people living life in peace.” Pray for peace in Lebanon and all of the Middle East.