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Honoring Beirut Amid the Blast (ALLab)


Mardi, septembre 15, 2020 - 15:00 to 17:00
Eliana Bader, Daniel Drennan ElAwar, Souhayb Ayoub, Jad Chami

(In Arabic, English)

In order to accommodate social distancing, all of COHDS/ALLab events will be held online.

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Just a day before the 75th anniversary of the nuclear bombing of Hirochima, Beirut was rocked by one of the most powerful explosions ever witnessed. On the 4th of August 2020, 177 human beings lost their lives, 7000 were injured, 350.000 lost their homes, 80.000 children are left without shelter, and some 30 persons are still missing. The reverberations of the catastrophe are massive and still unfolding.

One month past this crime against humanity, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling of Concordia University will invite survivors/witnesses from Beirut to recount their stories. It will be a space for sharing among survivors from within Lebanon and those who were forced into leaving. It is an invitation to listen and honor the beloved city of the sun and sea. In listening to these stories, we will become witnesses ourselves; witnesses and guardians to their memories.

Eliana Bader, a journalist from Lebanon. Eliana documented the rescues' work to find possible survivors one month after the blast.(Arabic with translation to English)

Rana Najjar, a journalist from Lebanon. Rana will share her story of surviving the blast and how life after the 4th of August will not be the same as before.
(Arabic with translation to English)

Daniel Drennan ElAwar; Daniel was born in Lebanon and adopted to the United States. In 2004 he returned, living and working in Beirut. In 2016 he found his family and his story and was also obliged to leave the country. He currently lives and works in the territorial Indigenous lands known to us as Surrey and Vancouver, Canada.

Souhayb Ayoub, a writer/journalist from Lebanon and living in France. Souhayb will share the story of that strong connection with Beirut and how the city has contributed to the awakening of the suppressed identities (Arabic).

Jad Chami; Jad Orphée Chami, Lebanese-Canadian composer and multidisciplinary artist, COHDS'affiliate.


Facilitated by Zeina Ismail-Allouche and Emma Haraké, COHDS' affiliates.

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