Ah, Beirut // Akh, Beirut.
What a beautiful city. What a destroyed city.
We love our life here. We hate our life here.
There's so much in Beirut. There's nothing in Beirut.
God, our love for Beirut is torn.
Dammit though, we are so tired of feeling this way. Khalas ba2a. What about you?
We are writing this article as two female fashion-business owners in Beirut, living and experiencing all its problems and complexities, just like you.
We are writing this article because for the first time we have reason to believe that what's happening now will shape our future as we know it; the future we lost hope for a long time ago.
For the first time:
For the first time, there's a sense of real hope and effective change.
For the first time, we look at the candidates running for the Beirut Municipal elections, and we see people who represent us. They too don't see Beirut as a city that should be run by religious or political-party ways. They too understand that the solving the garbage crisis and having 24-hour electricity are nothing but basic rights all citizens should have resolved, regulated and maintained by our government.
For the first time, we see people who we can identify with. They are architects, designers, lawyers; they are specialized professionals. They are real people living in Beirut, they are victims of the same problems we are victims of.
For the first time, we believe the people campaigning. We believe their words because they don't have prior agendas - and their future agenda is aligned.
FOR THE FIRST TIME, WE SEE CANDIDATES WHOSE STRUGGLES ARE OUR STRUGGLES.
THEIR ANGST IS OUR ANGST.
BUT OVER AND ABOVE IT ALL, THEIR HOPE IS OUR HOPE FOR A BRIGHTER BEIRUT.
Need we say more?
We vote Beirut Madinati.
If you so much as slightly agree with us on any of this, then go down on May 8th and vote. Vote for yourself, vote for your future.
What you decide to do today will affect the next 6 years of your life.
Think about that.
Featured Photos by: Andre Wolff