He’s one of the most perceptive observers of Lebanon-It is an honor yet again to feature him here in my Corner at WordPress as my thoughts and prayers are with the people of Lebanon today and as I hope all consider making a donation to the Lebanese Red Cross.

A Separate State of Mind | A Blog by Elie Fares

I was at my office, having just seen a couple patients in clinic, when my friend Elia texts me: “there’s been an explosion at the Beirut port, check on your family.”

I had seen pictures of it on Twitter, affixed to the speculation that it was fireworks related. I didn’t think much of it until I saw a video in which a mushroom cloud ballooned over the port’s hangars, and expanded, taking everything in its wake. In the space of less than thirty seconds, the city where I grew up was essentially no more.

I was lucky to have been able to get in touch with my family right away. They were physically safe, but I wasn’t too sure about their mental state. My brother was in a daze. The apartment…

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