This project was a good opportunity for me not only to get to know the target beneficiaries up close, but to also get my own answer to the question of how much tension was there really between Syrians and their Lebanese host communities. Is it an exaggerated story amplified as an excuse to receiving funding and implementing development projects? Or is it real?
Here is my 5-point formula for preparing from right now, for a much more engaged, healthy, and enjoyable old age. Old age should not be something that just happens to you and you take your chances on. It should be something you actively prepare for.
An afternoon at the Roumieh prison: A couple of times I caught the eye of one of the performers, a pleasant looking guy in his 20s. He held my gaze for a few seconds each time, in which I felt we were two sides of a random coin flip. “It is me but it could have been you…it is you but it could have been me…after this is over I walking out of here…after this is over I am going back to my cell!”
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