My friend Donato wrote this message in support of Lebanon and a tribute to all his Lebanese friends, love you Donato Colucci
This is what he wrote:
I spent days to think about a comment to support this fundraising initiative organised by Hala Jaber and Rana Jaber.
I believe the follow says all. This is Lebanon:
🇱🇧 4 languages are spoken in Lebanon: Arabic, French ,English and Armenian
🇱🇧 Literacy level is 99%
🇱🇧 It has 42 universities.
🇱🇧 There is one doctor for every 10 people.
🇱🇧 The name of Lebanon appears 75 times in the Old Testament.
🇱🇧 The name of Cedar also appears 75 times in the Old Testament
🇱🇧 Beirut has been destroyed and rebuilt 7 times
🇱🇧 There are approximately 3.5 million Lebanese in Lebanon.
🇱🇧 There are approximately 14 million Lebanese outside of Lebanon.
🇱🇧 The country has been occupied by more than 16 countries (Egypt-Hittites-Assyrians-Babylonians– Alexander’s army-The Byzantine Roman empire- The Arabian peninsula-The Crusaders-The Otomies-France-Israel and Syria)
🇱🇧 Byblos, city in Lebanon, is the oldest city in the world that still exists.
🇱🇧 The name of Lebanon has persisted for 4,000 years without changing (it is the oldest name of a country in the world that still exists)
🇱🇧 Lebanon has no deserts.
🇱🇧 There are 15 rivers in Lebanon and they all come from their own mountains.
🇱🇧 Its archaeological sites are among the most popular in the world.
🇱🇧 The first alphabet was created in Byblos (found in the Lebanon Museum and is written on the tomb of Ahiram king of Byblos)
🇱🇧 The only temple of Jupiter (The most important Roman God) is in Baalbek, Lebanon
🇱🇧 The name Bible comes from the city of Byblos.
🇱🇧 Lebanon is where the largest number of books related to the Bible have been written.
🇱🇧 Jesus Christ performed his first miracle in Lebanon, in Sidon, (he turned water into wine)
🇱🇧 The Phoenicians in Lebanon were the first to build a ship and the first to sail in history.
🇱🇧 The Phoenicians, too, came to America long before Columbus. (A Phoenician ship was found in Brazil)
🇱🇧 The world’s first law school was built in downtown Beirut.
🇱🇧 Lebanese cedars are said to have been planted by the hands of God , which is why they are called the cedars of God and Lebanon the city of God on earth …
🇱🇧 Today … Lebanon … suffers from Covid, suffers with the crisis, suffers from the war and above all … suffers from the explosion that devastated a large number of human beings in the territory of Beirut. Lebanon we pray for you!🇱🇧🙏🏻
Editor’s Note: Rana Jaber was my colleague at the International Organization for Migration. We worked together in Beirut during the 2006 Israeli war. The gofundme page is run by her sister. We can trust them !