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Reblogged: What Happens to Lebanese “Bastard” Children?

August 13, 2013

Yesterday i was at a “katb kteb” of my cousin, and the sheikh was preaching about how procreation and marriage are a religious duty and that those that avoid them are sinful. I wanted to laugh out loud, give him the finger and walk out.
In a country of endless “martyrs”, children are left with no parents, 1000s of those reside in orphanages across the country, many live with their extended families until they are old enough to get a job and manage their own. Yet our answer to empower our community is to pop more babies, instead of encouraging people that may not to be able to have their own, or that can and want to, to adopt an abandoned soul. No human is less worthy of our love. No Child deserves to be left behind.
It’s disgusting that we still look at sex outside marriage with such mystery, that some women are still not confident about their sexual knowledge even after marriage. The country is filled religiously camouflaged encounters, from molestation at “God’s Houses” to “temporary wedlocks”, but hush hush, don’t call Lebanon a sexual escape; The brothels don’t speak of the tourists that have disappeared .

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

Here’s an interesting fact for you: if a medical case qualifies as untransferable, a hospital cannot refuse to admit it. A woman in labor is one of those cases.

It so happened to be my luck that I had night duty on a day that a woman came in labor. Of course, this is not out of the ordinary for any healthcare establishment and the hospital I was at was more than equipped. This woman, however, had already delivered the baby whose color was slowly turning blue, asphyxiating as the placenta remained inside his mother’s womb.

The Red Cross personnel rushed her in. They had already been refused entry at a previous hospital despite their pleading. They carried her over to our floor. She had no known physician. She said she was married but neither her husband nor any family member for that matter were anywhere to be found. She…

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