This man is 90 years old. He lives in Shatila, a refugee settlement in Lebanon. Likely, he has been living as a refugee for more than 60 years, forced from his homeland by Israeli occupation.
“Now very soon I am applying to Emirates Airlines, just to work in it, to have a tour around the world. I hate routine, thats why I want to. In this job I can be every week in a different country. I like to travel, I like to discover other cultures, to communicate with other nationalities and people.”
Zakariya (father): “My best memories are with my dad. He is dead now but I keep him always alive in my head because of those memories.”
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Hashem (son): “I want to be an astronaut.”
And what will you do as an astronaut?
Hashem: “Travel to space!”
(Note: Libya is an ethnically Arab-Berber country located in North Africa, generally closely associated with the Middle East)
“I want to work in an important job with a good income. And as a part time job I want to do videos on YouTube. I like doing videos. I know how to edit videos on Sony Vegas 13 and what else . . . Yeah, I started a gaming channel, I’m not sure if I’m going to continue it . . . I’m saving up for a vlogging camera, maybe I can do something. And I attempted to do some pranks two weeks ago. I had some pretty cool concepts.”
“Well the best advice I’ve ever received was from my dad. It was such a grandiose kind of statement. I think it was even the day that I graduated high-school; it was one of those really cheesy moments. But he said that, ‘You are going to encounter a lot of problems in your life. And sometimes they might even be problems that neither your mother nor I nor anybody else has ever experienced before you, but the fact is that you’re going to have to confront them. And you’re going to have to do the best that you can. You can’t just give up and you can’t just always depend on other people. You’re going to have to be brave and go forth and live your life despite the fact that shit is hard,’ basically.”
Ehab: “It’s awesome being Arabs and breaking stereotypes, like when we go to the West or other places and people are shocked when they meet us, because when we say we are from Lebanon and we are speaking English, or like we’re educated, and you know we’re not very different from people there and they’re kind of shocked; it’s very amusing.”
Joanna: “It’s very funny to see. We start talking to people and then we’re just talking, and then after that they ask us ‘oh where are you from,’ because they know we’re not from there and we say ‘Lebanon’ and automatically there reaction shifts to . . .”
Ehab: “‘What you’re normal people??!!'”
Joanna: “‘Oh really? Oh you’re from there? Okay.’ And its just, you know, they change completely when they know where we’re from.”
Ehab: “It’s an amusing experience every time.”