Dateline Beirut, Issues, Religion

Lebanon: We shelter people of many faiths

7 Comments 10 June 2013

aaja_hala beirut By Hala Ibrahim
American Academy of Beirut

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!

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  1. Khansa Alhaidi says:

    War and conflict is something common in countries, though I wish it weren’t. Wonderful story and I hope Lebanon the best in the future In Shaa Allah.

  2. Fatima Bouhamdan says:

    Great job and its true the Middle East has many wars and conflicts but it does have many great characteristics that make Lebanon a beautiful place

  3. Rania Najem says:

    We should admit that being Lebanese means that we are distinguished . Besides , Lebanon is like a pearl that foreigners are tempted to explore . May God keep an eye on Lebanon and protect its army .

  4. I totally see your point Hala especially that I’m a Lebanese living in the middle of Beirut. Yes, it is true we face many challenges around here especially religious and political feuds. However, we manage miraculously to wake up everyday with the strength and courage to move forward an overcome those obstacles. I am very proud to be Lebanese just like you Hala :)

  5. Rania Najem AAB, Beirut, Lebanon says:

    I am proud of all the Lebanese students , and you are such a great example of a productive generation. keep up the great work!!!

  6. I agree with you Hala, diversity is one of the major characteristics of Lebanon, just like it is a major characteristic of our school, AAB. So we should take advantage of this diversity and learn how to live peacefully with “the different other”.

  7. Fatima Jomaa says:

    I liked when you said “that lebanon isn’t like any other country” your story is fantastic keep up the wonderful writing your doing.


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