#NOTAMARTYR

FRUS­TRATED WITH THE TER­ROR AND VI­O­LENCE THEY ARE FORCED TO EN­DURE, THE PEOPLE OF LE­BANON TAKE A STAND

Emirates Woman - - Features/lebanoncampaign - WR IT­TEN BY ALEXAN­DRIA GOU­VEIA

On De­cem­ber 27 a car bomb ex­ploded in down­town Beirut, killing for­mer fi­nance min­is­ter Mo­hammed Chatah, who op­posed Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar Al As­sad.

The hor­rific at­tack killed nine people, one of them be­ing 16-year-old Mo­hammed Chaar, who fea­tured in a selfie Twit­ter pic­ture with his mates just mo­ments be­fore the ex­plo­sion. Later, a com­pletely dif­fer­ent im­age emerged on the web. No longer pos­ing with his chums, the pic­ture showed Mo­ham­mad ly­ing in a pool of his own blood, dy­ing.

The com­par­a­tive im­ages caused some to dub Mo­hammed a mar­tyr, which re­sulted in ou­trage on so­cial me­dia and gave life to the #NotAMartyr cam­paign, which states:

“We refuse to stand by as this goes on for an­other year, we can no longer nor­malise the per­sis­tent vi­o­lence. We can no longer de­sen­si­tise our­selves to the con­stant hor­ror of life in Le­banon.

“We are vic­tims not mar­tyrs. We refuse to be­come mar­tyrs. We refuse to re­main vic­tims. We refuse to die a col­lat­eral death.”

Thou­sands of Le­banese and Le­banon res­i­dents have since taken to Face­book and Twit­ter to voice their frus­tra­tions about the vi­o­lence.

The cam­paign asks those af­fected to “post a photo or a sta­tus to this page [face­book.com/notamartyr]. Tell us what you want for your coun­try. Tell us what you want to live for. #notamartyr.”

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