I feel frustrated.
I feel as if I don’t exist in my country.
I can’t hold anyone accountable for anything.
Neither parliamentarian, nor the government, NO ONE: “ma hadan“.
State of law? If I remember well the protests we hold, back in 2005 and before, they were all to defend many issues: Democracy, accountability, transparency, Freedom of Expression,…
But Have we accomplished anything? I m always calling for action, trying to mobilise around me for some critical issues, but are those “actions” efficient? Any effective result?
At the “Mecanique” in Lebanon, to check whether our cars are okay and safe, some people are being threatened by a kind of mafia. Taking money , huge amounts, from people , and when a citizen tells his story, people laugh at him or her. “Are you crazy, we know those people, we have videos of your story, we have receipts, but we CAN’T do anything, even us the responsible in the Mecanique.”
This is what they told my cousin, when he has been blackmailed by a bunch of guys during the test of his car, in Lebanon, in 2010! In the Century of the Blackouts!
Accountability? Respect to the Citizen? Which Citizen?
The “Chatir” the one who respects his own rules or the “Mouwatine el Mou3attar“, the one who has no one to protect him from those “chatrine“??
Where do I live? In a “mazra3a“?
Discrimination is so common in Lebanon, that I do not Know how to ask for a State that Respect all its citizens equally!
What about the inflation? Prices are getting up, In a way I can’t afford, many other fellows can’t afford, and what Am I doing?
House prices are Impossible to read (half a million for a house? When the Salaries are so down? !? ), Beirut is one of the most Expensive capitals to live in:
food, fuel, communication, housing prices are HIGH!
And what am I doing? Getting High too?
Parliamentarians, Responsible, Civil Servants, Ministers, NGOs, International Organisations, No one, is Doing anything. We can just talk and Call for Action, But WHAT IS THE ACTION TO DO?
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