Liverpool star Mo Salah surprises hospitalized children in Egypt with video call

Mohamed Salah surprised children at a hospital in Egypt's Mansoura governorate by giving them a video call. (AFP)
Updated 10 March 2018
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Liverpool star Mo Salah surprises hospitalized children in Egypt with video call

CAIRO: Hospitalized children in Egypt’s Mansoura govenrorate were delighted to hear the voice of Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah in a surprise phone call this week, according to local reports.
Al-Masry El-Youm newspaper said the parents of children patients receiving treatment at the Mansoura University’s Children’s Hospital had been seeking to contact the popular Egyptian footballer via the telephone.
A specialist at the hospital said the ill children were refusing to take their medication if they did not talk to Salah.
Nirvana Salah, a specialist at the hospital, said she finally succeeded in reaching one of the footballer’s relatives, who put her in touch with the player’s mother.
“I was surprised by the phone call from the player’s mother, who was on vacation with him, and she told me that Mohamed wants to talk to the children,” Salah said.
Within just hours, despite his engagement in a football camp with Liverpool, Salah spoke to the children through a video call.
The hospital’s director, Ahmed Refaie, said the hour-long call pleased the children very much, adding that Salah insisted that he speak to them via video so they could see him.
He added that the Egyptian star told the children that he was happy to contact them, and wished them a speedy recovery. He also urged them to take their medicine until they are cured and promised to visit them soon.


Lebanon's Christian rivals shake hands after decades of hostility

Updated 14 November 2018
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Lebanon's Christian rivals shake hands after decades of hostility

  • Geagea and Frangieh have been foes since the early days of the 1975-1990 civil war

BEIRUT: Christian rivals from the Lebanese civil war, Samir Geagea and Suleiman Frangieh, shook hands with each other on Wednesday, marking a formal reconciliation to end more than four decades of enmity.
Geagea, leader of the Lebanese Forces (LF) political party, and Frangieh, head of the Marada party, have been foes since the early days of the 1975-1990 civil war.
The two parties had armed militias during the conflict that battled against each other. The war, which drew in regional powers, included fighting between the country’s main sects and rival factions within those sects.

The men, both Maronite Christians, met to reconcile at the seat of the sect’s Patriarch Bechara Al-Rai in Bkerki, north of Beirut. They shook hands with Rai and then with each other after several failed reconciliation attempts over the years.
Geagea has been accused of leading a raid in 1978 on the home of Frangieh’s father, Tony Franjieh, a rival Maronite Christian chieftain, who was killed with his wife, daughter and others. Geagea has said he was wounded before reaching Frangieh’s house, and did not take part himself.
This is the second rapprochement of recent years between civil war Maronite Christian rivals.
In January 2016 Geagea endorsed then presidential candidate Michel Aoun for the Lebanese presidency, ending his own rival candidacy for the position, which must be held by a Maronite Christian under Lebanon’s sectarian power sharing system.
Geagea and Aoun, who fought each other in the 1975-90 civil war, have been on opposite sides of the political divide since Syrian forces withdrew from Lebanon in 2005.
President Aoun is a political ally of the Iran-backed Shiite group Hezbollah, whereas Geagea is a staunch opponent of the group. Frangieh is a close ally of Syrian President and Hezbollah ally Bashar Assad.
Tony Frangieh, Suleiman’s son, said the reconciliation was a good thing for all Lebanese and was not connected to any presidential aims.
“We are looking forward to the future by achieving this reconciliation,” he told Lebanese broadcaster Al-Jadeed at the ceremony.