Arab star Yara in solidarity with Syrian children

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Updated 08 April 2017

Arab star Yara in solidarity with Syrian children

JEDDAH: Many influential figures from the world of Arab entertainment such as Lebanese superstar Elissa are calling for an end to the war in Syria, which is in its seventh year.
After last week’s suspected chemical attack that killed 20 children, users are expressing on Twitter solidarity with the Syrian children, using the hashtag: #everychildismychild.
Pop singer Yara, who is an ambassador of Lebanese Red Cross, launched an appeal on her social media pages to save the children of the war-ravaged country.
The Lebanese star took to social media to share a photo of herself holding a placard that read: “Every child is my child” and on the palm of her hand was written: “Stop the war!”
Also participating in the #everychildismychild photo series were Italian footballer Francesco Totti and Turkish-German actress Meryem Uzerli, both holding placards with similar messages.
Yara wrote a prayer asking God to relieve the people of Syria from all misery and pain, as “the streets of Syria have been filled with the blood of martyrs.”
“You alone, O Allah, are able to end the suffering,” she wrote.
A suspected chemical attack killed at least 72 civilians, in opposition-held northwestern Syria on Tuesday, prompting global outrage and calls for international action. The attack also left dozens more gasping for air, convulsing, and foaming at the mouth.


Flying roses: Drone fetes Lebanon mothers despite coronavirus

Updated 23 March 2020

Flying roses: Drone fetes Lebanon mothers despite coronavirus

  • Three students have come up with a new service to celebrate the occasion without flouting social distancing restrictions
  • Lebanon has recorded 206 cases of the novel coronavirus so far, and counted four deaths

JOUNIEH: In a quiet Lebanese town under lockdown over the novel coronavirus, a drone buzzed toward a balcony on Saturday to deliver a red rose to a mother grinning in surprise.
The COVID-19 pandemic may have put a damper on Mother’s Day in Lebanon this year, but three students have come up with a new service to celebrate the occasion without flouting social distancing restrictions.
Down in the street in the coastal town of Jounieh, 18-year-old Christopher Ibrahim texts a teenager who has ordered a flower drop-off for his mother, asking him to bring the family onto the balcony.
He slips a single rose in a ring hanging under the aircraft and it lifts off into the air to carry the flower to its intended recipient.
“It’s Mother’s Day and everything’s closed,” said the engineering student, wearing a light blue face mask.
For almost a week, most Lebanese have been ordered to remain at home to stem the spread of COVID-19. The airport has closed and all non-essential businesses have been told to shutter.
Lebanon has recorded 206 cases of the novel coronavirus so far, and counted four deaths.
“I wanted to think of something that would enable people make their mothers happy in the safest way — without there being contact with anyone,” Ibrahim said.
Ibrahim, who has filmed weddings using a drone and also volunteers for the Lebanese Red Cross, decided on the idea of an airborne rose.
“I thought if it was delivered by drone, there would be zero contact,” he said.
But beyond cheering up mothers in lockdown, Ibrahim says the unconventional flower delivery service also aims to support medical workers battling the pandemic.
“Everything we make from this project will go to the Red Cross,” he said. Each rose delivery costs between 10,000 and 20,000 Lebanese pounds ($6.60-$13 according to the official exchange rate) depending on the location.
Lebanese officials fear an increase in COVID-19 cases would overwhelm local hospitals, in a country already reeling from an economic crisis and mass anti-government protests.
Lebanon has been largely quiet in recent days, although food stores have remained open and there have been some vehicles in the streets.
Ministers and lawmakers have called for a full curfew, and Prime Minister Hassan Diab was expected to speak on Saturday evening.
An estimated 900 million people are now confined to their homes in 35 countries around the world — two thirds by government lockdown orders, according to an AFP tally.