Posts tagged Middle East
A Heart Like Lebanon

I’d met Khalid many years ago at the St. John the Compassionate Mission on Queen and Broadview where I serve every Sunday.  He was a short man with a slight forward tilt.  He looked well into his fifties or possibly early sixties.  The man rolled a small cart behind him filled to the top with bags stuffed with all kinds of miscellaneous items.  He wore a small cap too small for his head, black Denver Hayes old man pants and a knitted grey sweater with stitched red diamonds that would make Bill Cosby proud.  The man smiled at me and told me his name.  I gave him mine.

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Boy From Damascus

Almost everyone knows of the bloodshed in the name of religion and honour in the Middle East, but no one knows or cares to know the names of the children maimed by IEDs on their way to school or the mother shot by a sniper as she shooed her children away from a city she didn’t know anymore or the 21 men in Libya’s coastal city of Sirte that were beheaded for believing in the wrong God.  I’d met many people from a few different Arab countries, namely Egypt and Iraq and Syria, who’d seen these atrocities first hand, like my little friend Marcus. 

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