Beirut: we are not resilient, we are broken

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I have been racking my brain for several weeks trying to find the words to express what happened on August 4th 2020 at 6:08pm

This piece was originally published on Mangal Media on September 22nd, 2020.

If I were in Beirut when the explosion happened I might have forced myself into some sort of writing trance and written about the experience. The sound, the smell, the apocalyptic scenes, the mixtures of emotions – fear, anger, desperation – that kept being overtaken by shock. At least it would have been recorded. …


Joey Ayoub

writer, researcher, cinephile and linguaphile. originally from Lebanon, currently in Switzerland.

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