The horrendous forest fires that broke out in several mountainous areas in Lebanon on Monday 14 October this week lasting for two full days have shown us how vulnerable we are when facing natural catastrophes. The worst blazes in decades have left the country with almost 1,500 hectares of burned forests, and devastated Lebanese in and outside the country. The strong winds and the ongoing dry conditions made the situation uncontrollable and dangerous. The fires were finally contained with the help of the Lebanese army, firefighters, several civil defense teams, and firefighting planes from Cyprus. Finally, as if God heard our prayers, rain was sent from heaven to save the blessed soil of Lebanon.
Yes, Lebanon is blessed with its exceptional natural beauty. Those photos of our hike in Arz Tannourine in northern Lebanon this summer speak for themselves. My husband and I went there on our own, enjoying the stillness and serenity of the Tannourine Cedars Forest Nature Reserve, the largest and densest in Lebanon.
Lebanon, we love you!