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Death by Disdain

April 5, 2011

Arriving at Beirut Airport is always my favorite part of all my trips to Lebanon, the rush and excitement of reaching Home.
Baggage, greetings, hugs, traffic in-front of the airport building, taxis, vans, traffic police, parking, more traffic, toll gate, Airport Road, welcome home.
Stand still traffic.
The faint sound of an ambulance,
standing still.
the traffic seems weird, untimely
looking to the other side, the street has been blocked by black cars…
a stream of more black cars leave the alley being shielded..
“probably someone important”
… more important than the someone stuck in stand still traffic in an unmoving ambulance…

Human life has no value in the city of lords.

Majd Mahfouz © "RIP Majd Mahfouz"(fb)

Last week, Majd Mahfouz, a student at Université Saint-Joseph, passed away on the football court of the university, after having a seizure that no one rushed to help. The ambulance stuck in traffic and past the first aid department on campus’s working hours. Taken at prime, by disdain.

The emergency unit is not to blame, it was stuck in traffic, unyielding traffic, with disrespectful drivers.

Unlike what the Otv cast on TV (barely seconds) the university still refuses to take proper responsibility for it’s incompetence. The mourning day that was announced the day after Majd’s death was declared by the student body’s resentment to the accident and not the management’s respectful manners.

This story is not the first, nor will it be the last of it’s kind.

what can we do at a personal level? when you hear/see an ambulance’s siren, kindly make way immediately! someone’s life is at stake.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. April 5, 2011 12:46 pm

    Such a sad story!
    The traffic problem is an endless struggle as well. I cant seem to understand why do I have to wake up at 6:15 daily to be able to get to work “traffic-less” and find a parking space in Achrafiyeh (that’s a whole other chapter) I can’t seem to figure out why decent regulations that are put to use worldwide cannot be decently implemented in our country….just sad….

  2. April 11, 2011 7:15 am

    Breaks my heart 😦


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