“Victims, not martyrs” … This is how the Lebanese wish to remember the more than 158 people killed in the double explosion that occurred last Tuesday in the port of Beirut. Among them are children, women and men of all ages and all faiths. Here are three stories that have marked the Lebanese in mourning.
Alexandra Naggear, 3 years old
She was nicknamed “butterfly of the revolution “. Three-year-old Alexandra Naggear is one of the youngest victims of the blasts that wiped part of the Lebanese capital off the map.
A photo of her, sitting on her father’s shoulders and waving the Lebanese flag in Martyrs Square during the popular uprisings of October 2019, is circulating the web.
According to her parents, who were at home with their daughter when the blasts of incredible intensity took place, Alexandra, or “Lixou As they affectionately call her, was propelled across the room she was in, hitting her head against a wall. Their house is right in front of the harbor.
«My daughter is not a martyr, she is the victim of a crime whose perpetrators are known“, He added in an interview with the local channel LBC.
In an interview with local channel MTV, the girl’s father called on the Lebanese for unity to face the political class in place, calling on his compatriots not to leave his daughter “to be dead in vain».
Sahar Fares, the rescuer killed at the port
She was one of the first people on the scene of the blaze that led to the devastating explosions in the harbor. Sahar Fares, 26, was one of the few female rescuers in the Beirut Volunteer Fire Team.
She was on a video call with her fiancé to reassure him, while her colleagues tried to put out the fire. “Course, course, course », Would have launched his fiancé, Gilbert Karaan, following the first explosion. She was trying to get to safety when the second, most devastating explosion blew her away.
Sahar and Gilbert were to be married on June 6. In a message posted on Instagram, her lover empties his mourning heart.
The funeral of the young woman with long black hair took place in her native village of Qaa, in northern Lebanon, not far from the Syrian border.
Jihad Saadé, died at his daughter’s bedside
He traveled over 6,000 kilometers to be alongside his 6-year-old daughter Gemma, who was diagnosed with cancer. Emigrated to Nigeria, Jihad Saadé came to Lebanon to be at his bedside. He was at Saint-Georges Hospital in Beirut with his daughter, who was about to undergo chemotherapy treatment, when the disaster struck.
«I remember every second of that day», Says his wife, Soha, in a daily interview An-Nahar. «We were on the 9th floor of the hospital, in room 919, which had a view of the harbor. I was sitting on a sofa and my daughter was lying next to me playing with her tablet. My husband was in a chair in front of the window.»
Seriously affected, Jihad had to be transferred to another hospital due to the state in which the Saint-Georges Hospital was located, almost completely destroyed by the huge explosion which also caused the death of four members of the medical corps of the hospital, according to Antoine Nehmé, a close relative of the family. His words were reported by the Lebanese daily Orient-Le Jour. The man died while being transferred to another facility.