Over the weekend, a tragedy took place in Zahle that took the life of 24 year old Sara Sleiman whose only fault, like many before her, was being at the wrong place at the wrong time in a country that allows pests and disgusting abominations like her killer prosper unchecked.
Outside the local pub “Blue Bar,” a car accident took place that prompted Kassem El Masri to deal with the situation the only way his primordial brain knew how: fire a few rounds from his gun, one of which hit Sara and took her life soon after.
This is Sara’s killer. He’s the kind of brainless Lebanese men whose entire existence can be summarized with how they can express their manliness better, which is why you see him pose with guns and bazookas, because he can.
Kassem El Masri is also known as Tah El Masri (in Arabic: طه المصري). He’s a known drug dealer and criminal in the area. Despite his infamous status, authorities never bothered to apprehend him before, even though the aforementioned pictures were entities during which he boasted of the kind of arsenal he possessed.
Authorities have issued arrest warrants for the Kassem El Masri, but haven’t apprehended him yet. It’s not far-fetched to presume that such a man, who has been a criminal for such a long time without repercussions, to be protected by one of the many politicians that make sure our country remains a lawless land.
I hope that whoever is protecting Kassem El Masri today gives him up so he’d get what he truly deserves: justice for all his previous crimes and for what he did to Sara Sleiman, whose life was brought to a premature halt on what should have been a fun evening out for her and her friends.
Today, though, one of Sara Sleiman’s wishes is coming true. A few years back, in a Facebook message to one of her friends, Sara expressed how, through the words of another, when she would pass away, she wanted to be as helpful as possible to those who were still alive by donating her organs:
The message translates to:
“There will come a day when my body is laying on a carefully made bed in a hospital whose smell is that of life and death. At some moment, the doctor will announce I’m brain dead and that my life has ended. When that happens, don’t try to pump artificial life into my veins and use machines on me. Let my death bed be one of life so that others may have it better.
Give my eyes to who’s never seen a sunrise or the face of a child or the love in a woman’s eyes.
Give my heart to those whose hearts have only received pain.
Give my blood to a teenager who was pulled out of his car wreck, so he’d see his grandchildren grow up one day.
Give my kidney to that who needs a machine to keep him going from one day to the next.
Take my bones and every muscle and tissue and find a way to help a paralyzed child walk.
Take every cell of my brain and let them help a mute boy to shout, a deaf girl to hear the sound of the rain against her windowsill.
Burn what’s left of me, and if there’s anything you need to bury, bury away my sins and weaknesses. Bury my hate and give my soul to God.
And if you ever needed to remember me, do so with kindness onto others.
If you do all of this, I live on forever.”
Sara’s family will be doing just that, so she can live in others for years to come. Her family will be donating her corneas, kidneys, liver and heart to help the people that Sara wanted to help. (Link).
In death, Sara Sleiman therefore becomes a source of life for others who wouldn’t have had this chance if it weren’t for the person that she is, and the generosity of her family and the will for life that she has, even in death.
Organ donation in Lebanon is still a topic that many would rather brush aside and not talk about. Our laws are very restrictive in this regard and religion plays a detrimental role in trying to propagate the practice further. Sara Sleiman, therefore, becomes a rebel – in death – in a country that saw her die before her time, as she gives life to others after her.
Sara Sleiman, may you rest in peace as your heart beats in the body of another forevermore.
You too can sign up to become an organ donor. Click on this link.
What a dignity Sarah, and a wonderful example to follow . Your sacrificed life will not be useless, you will indeed always be living . Thank you Sarah and thank you for your family who respects your will : they are certainly proud of you and their pain will be somewhat alleviated . See you in Heaven . Amen
In the meantime the “authorities” did find something! YEEEY!! They found that Simon Mouawad, the other person that also got shot has two unpaid Traffic Tickets. They’ve been holding him at the hospital until he pays what he owes. (Information from Simon himself – from NewTV’s interview with him whilst on his hospital bed.) What a joke.
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What a beautiful Tribute..a pleasure to share
Sara touched the hearts of everyone inside and outside Lebanon. This wonderful young lady is a symbol of sacrifice as an offering to God, an act of donating five organs for the sake of saving or improving the life of other human beings, she doesn’t deserve this senseless death. As a kidney transplant receiver over three decades ago I consider Sara as a row model and challenger not only to Lebanese but also to everyone human beings to follow her example to save and improve lives and maintain awareness of organs donation. My thoughts and prayers are with Sara’s family at this difficult time and all her extended Suleiman family every person in the Bedneil Village that I remember very well.
Rest In Peace angel.
Awesome ,and heart warming , i can’t believe there are still criminals out there walking free , STILLL ,after all the awareness
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jail this shit
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So I don’t normally reblog things onto my website so this is out of the norm for me. But after reading this story, I couldn’t help but feel compelled to do so. I found this article by mistake this morning. I read it, soaked it in and then thought, wow, this girl was amazing! She had her whole life ahead of her and yet she possessed this selfless giving nature as she always seemed to put others before herself.
About more than halfway through this article, she has a message which is a wish she made years before her dying day. A wish that was so beautiful and so selfless that it made me cry. She has inspired me to reblog this post and to tell her story.
My wish is that her family and friends can find peace in knowing how giving she was and that she will forever live on in the hearts of others. May they get through this difficult time together and remember how beautiful she really was. I send my love and prayers to all of them.♥️
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