Lebanon is grappling with a variety of political and economic difficulties. But kids don't necessarily take the situation they're born into for granted. Meet the five young people coming of age in Beirut who will be profiled in Young Lebanon.
Karen and her family once lived a happy life in Aleppo, Syria. But when the civil war arrived in their city, they fled to Lebanon in the middle of the night with little more than a few suitcases, and their two-week stay has now lasted two years.
Ryan and Noor are best friends. In Lebanon, they are an unlikely match. Ryan belongs to a religious sect called the Druze, and Noor is a Sunni Muslim. Wednesday, Noor joins us in on Facebook to answer your questions about her work imagining a better future for her country.
Ahmad, like many Lebanese kids, wants to be a basketball star when he grows up. For now, he's getting to train towards his unlikely goal thanks to a Lebanese NGO that believes such dreams are important for disadvantaged children.
Rainey’s parents came to Lebanon from Sri Lanka 20 years ago to get away from their country’s civil war. In fact, Lebanon has become something of a haven for a quarter million migrant workers from Asia and Africa, who tend to be employed as maids, trash collectors, and gas station attendants. They come to escape economic and political hardship back home.
Ryan and Noor are best friends. In Lebanon, they are an unlikely match. Ryan belongs to a religious sect called the Druze, and Noor is a Sunni Muslim. With the way things are in this country, kids from different religious groups do not normally hang out, let alone become inseparable friends.