For me, Lebanon isn’t like any other country in the Middle East — not only because of its historical landmarks and ruins but also because of its diversity and hospitality. My country offers shelter for all kinds of people with different ethnicities, religions, and race, which makes it very unique and one of a kind.
Because of Lebanon’s size, from time to time it experiences conflicts, which are usually between certain different religions or sects. But in spite of all the problems and hardships we’ve encountered, at the end of the day we try our best to adjust back and act LEBANESE!
A typical Lebanese teenager’s life is usually school, which welcomes all kinds of people from all around the world. As soon as we get home, we turn on the TV and flip through the channels. It sometimes is hard looking at the news and watching all these problems and fights going on, but I feel like that’s who we are and it’s a part of us now.
On the weekend, my friends and I usually have our gatherings. We see many people that look different, sound and speak different. When we view them in our community, we should accept them and cooperate with them in a very positive way.
Lebanon has very unique characteristics and traits that I think a minority of Middle Eastern countries have, which are religious, race, and ethnic differences that we make us proud.
Hala is a 9th grader at the American Academy of Beirut. She loves to eat, enjoys going out and having fun with friends and also loves science. A bit of a nerd and proud!