Jul 18, 2015

Clowns for a Cause

Waking up today after -finally- a decent sleep shaking off the thrill of the last two days has left me in such an awe, not realizing anytime before the amount of encouragement we are receiving, the thumbs up and the curious ones wanting openly to join us next time. Long story short, as an immediate result of my early morning sluggishness, we had decided, we as in a bunch of fellow white-hearted friends, to carry on the clown flashmob habit that started in 2013 by Mutaz Salloum, as a concrete reaction to the horrible tremor that was taking place in Jabal Mohsen & Tebbaneh, both of which areas now are thankfully in a state of peace after a political resolute earlier last year. We invaded both towns regardless of the warnings and all the threats. They were a blast, a total success.


Fast forward to 2015, Maya Abas and a bunch of enthusiasts that gathered from all over the country, literally, had also taken their toll on both Haret el Tanak (literally the tin neighborhood) and Dahr el Moghor, both being some of the most underprivileged parts of the town, with little-to-no infrastructure, a higher margin of felonies and a continuous degradation of their inhabitants by -mostly- nonchalant politicians and their entourage.

I still rub my eyes not believing such people exist, those who came from Hermel, Beirut, Southern Lebanon, journalists, engineers, activists, mere students too, both Sunni and Shiaa Muslim, Christian and atheist, all in the name of spreading joy and never caring about labels. All of this wouldn't have happened to be honest, if it weren't for Maya Abas and her endless passion, and to her I'm nothing but thankful.

I leave you now with some footage of what happened yesterday.


Photo taken in Dahr el Moghor, courtesy of Maya

Courtesy of Mourad

Courtesy of Bilal

Courtesy of Maya

Courtesy of Akil

Courtesy of Maya

Courtesy of Maya

Courtesy of Mourad

Courtesy of Akil

Courtesy of Akil

Courtesy of Mourad

Courtesy of Mourad

Courtesy of Mourad

Courtesy of Mourad

Courtesy of Maya

Courtesy of Akil