‘A moment of hope for Lebanon’

People in Lebanon are demanding an overhaul of the political system, as protests enter a third week. Many have taken to the streets, including celebrities and influencers. 

Those who aren’t in the country are making their voices heard through other mediums, and the latest person to stand in support of the protestors is Amal Clooney.

 

 

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Lebanese-British Human Right lawyer has penned a personal letter titled ‘A moment of hope for Lebanon’ which was published by the An-Nahar newspaper on their English website.

“When I was born in Lebanon, my parents named me Amal – meaning ‘hope’ – as they wished for better days in their war-torn country,” she begins. “That was more than four decades ago, and I have never had greater hope for my country of birth than I do today.”

She commented on the “the stark disconnect between the government’s performance and the country’s potential” and praised the unity of the peaceful protestors who have ” a common vision for change based on dignity and equal opportunity.”

 

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Lebanese-British Human Right lawyer has penned a personal letter titled ‘A moment of hope for Lebanon’ which was published by the An-Nahar newspaper on their English website.

“When I was born in Lebanon, my parents named me Amal – meaning ‘hope’ – as they wished for better days in their war-torn country,” she begins. “That was more than four decades ago, and I have never had greater hope for my country of birth than I do today.”

“I hear excitement in the voice of my father, whose love for his country is palpable to anyone who knows him. And emotion in the voice of my brother, cousins and friends who have taken to the streets and report that ‘all of Lebanon is there’.”

Many have accused the government of widespread corruption that plagues Lebanon. They blame them for the stagnant economy and high levels of public debt, and the dire state of its public services.

 

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“I watch proudly as Lebanon’s youth lead the charge to build a better country; and women show their determination to be catalysts of change,” Amal continues. “As people chant together, dance, and link arms. Not just people from one community, one party, one sect; but all Lebanese, standing shoulder to shoulder to say enough is enough.”

“I believe we are witnessing a beautiful moment in the transformation of a beautiful country. There should be no going back.”

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