Sunday, August 13, 2006

I HEART BEIRUT CAMPAIGN










(Artwork by by zena el-khalil, www.beirutupdate.blogspot.com)
Beirut, a gorgeous city on the Mediterranean sea, has survived several wars and invasions across time and has managed to remain a vibrant, culturally rich place, full of odds and controversies. In a way, Beirut summarizes the diversity of Lebanon, a great example of how 17 different religious sects learned to live together. Again and again, it emerged as a symbol of mixture and tolerance, a symbol of freedom, within a region where gender, political and religious inequality prevails. We hope to keep this image alive and we hope we can spread it throughout the Middle East. Other people and cultures should learn that coexistence and reason are the only way to build a healthy society and lasting peace. The ugly alternative of resorting to violence to enforce one side's goals, is never the right one, we can attest to that.

A group of our staff members, helped launch the "I heart Beirut" campaign in the State of Iowa. While people laid on the ground, covered with the Lebanese flags, resembling killed Lebanese civilians, tens of the others (wearing I Heart Beirut T-shirts), approached the frequent bystanders and raised awareness about the dire humanitarian situation in Lebanon. Besides the 1000+ civilians confirmed dead and thousands seriously wounded, several thousand families have lost their homes and jobs. These will remain in camps and temporary housing until their homes are rebuild. Supporting these families and assisting in the rebuilding process is our main goal at this point. Please consider making a donation to the Lebanese Red Cross today, through its American and International affiliates. You will help the Lebanese people survive this new crisis.

To view local media coverage for the event,
you can go to the following links:
http://www.kcrg.com/news/local/3558597.html

To receive information about how you can make a donation to the Lebanese Red Cross and how you can obtain an "I Heart Beirut" T-shirt, please refer to end of our first posting below, entitled "HELP LEBANESE CIVILIANS" and dated "Friday, August 11, 2006".

Thank you

3 Comments:

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Blogger jeshurun said...

THE WAR IN LEBANON IS OVER. MOST OF THE COUNTRIES CONDEMNED ISRAEL FOR THE DESTRUCTIONS AND LOSS OF LIVES IN BEIRUT AND ELSEWHERE.BUT THE REAL CULPRIT IS THE HIZBULLAH.IT SHOULD BE CONDEMNED OUTRIGHTLY AND BANNED AND DISARMED.

JESHURUN, INDIA

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