M.Y., Assyrian, 63, is the mother of 2 sons: the oldest is 38 and the youngest is 35 and works as a part-timer for half a salary due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Her sister also stays at her place from time to time. They’ve been in Lebanon for almost 20 years now.

“I was with my sister at home the day the blast struck; we thought it was an earthquake. We left the house quickly, not knowing where to head for shelter. Our main concern was to stay safe, so we headed towards the highway as we didn’t know what this ‘thing’ was yet.”

“My sister started praying, as if her life depended on it. I was so scared to the point I thought that something else was going to happen, even bigger. We stayed for a couple of hours outside the house just in case something else was going to happen and might collapse. What happened to us will remain engraved in our minds and we will never forget it; I hope that no one will experience what we did. My ears still feel pressured. God help the people.”

M.Y. can’t work because of her age. Only one of her kids is working and her sister just works 2-3 days per week. No one is helping them just because they are non-Lebanese, even though they have been living in Lebanon for more than 20 years. If they get money in any way, they use it to pay their bills. They’ve been in this house and not paying rent for more than 3 years.

M.Y. and her kids love Lebanon and would never leave it. They regard it as the most beautiful country. They just wish the situation was different.

Unfortunately, M.Y. wants to leave Lebanon, but with her kids by her side, since she is old and can’t live on her own. She is always scared, extremely tired, and afraid that something bad might happen to her family.

“Everyone prefers to leave. They are trying their best to avoid living in this corrupted country,” M.Y. added.

The NGOs and Charity Foundations are trying to help with whatever is available, which is limited due to the economic crisis and the crucial pandemic hitting Lebanon.

Sadly, this is an example of the life Assyrians living in Lebanon are facing in these dark days.