K.C., Assyrian, works as a concierge. His wife helps him with some tasks, however, his eldest son, 24, was fired from his work when the Lebanese revolution started. He also has two daughters: one in grade 12 and another in grade 9.
“When the blast happened, I was with my friend near my house. It was a very terrifying few minutes, everything was blurry. It felt as if there was an earthquake and a bomb explosion all at once. My friend thought it was a car wheel that exploded. I headed towards the house to check on my family and thank God they turned out to be fine. The girls ran immediately to take cover in the one corner of the apartment where it is safe. Only my son had a minor head injury. I called my wife several times and she didn’t answer, I got worried.”
His wife was still in shock and her ears still felt pressured. She was near Annahar newspaper, right in front of the explosion. She said nearby buildings and houses “turned to rubble” in seconds.
When we asked K.C. if they will get over what happened soon, he was silent for a minute and you could see tears in his eyes. They were emotionally exhausted and overwhelmed because what happened was unexpected, wasn’t prepared for, and couldn’t be prevented. “Suddenly, life itself feels dangerous and unpredictable,” he added.
As a father, K.C. wants what is best for his children. But unfortunately, in a country like Lebanon, you have to work really hard only to earn a minimum wage. For example, his son got the opportunity to earn just 40 thousand LBP per day, which is nothing for a person who wants to build his future.
K.C. requires a total of $670 to fix the broken things in his house (windows, aluminum, bed, and closet), and can’t afford it as the Lebanese currency has lost so far 78 percent of its value since October 2019.
A lot of bad things are happening to this family of five and with all the problems they are facing, staying positive is truly a miracle.
Survivor is a word that describes someone who remained alive after an event in which others have died. This is the term that best describes every person living in Lebanon, regardless of any major incident.