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