Sahar Fares (Beirut Explosion Firefighter Video) Biography – Beirut Bride Sahar Fares Wiki
Sahar Fares, a firefighter medic, was called to the scene of a fire in Beirut. She died in a massive explosion that followed.
Ms. Fares, a 27-year-old paramedic, was one of at least 200 people killed on Tuesday by the massive explosion that leveled most of the Port of Beirut, devastated entire neighborhoods, injured more than 5,000 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless. In a split second, it left Lebanon’s capital looking like a war zone without a war.
Who was Sahar Fares
Trained as a nurse, Ms. Fares decided in 2018 to enter the civil service. She craved the job stability and social benefits of a government career, she told relatives, after she and her two sisters watched her father, an aluminum welder, and her mother, a schoolteacher, struggle to make ends meet.
Sahar Fares Early Life
She grew up in the village of Al Qaa, in northern Lebanon, on the border with Syria, and dreamed of opportunities and security it could not provide. In 2016, residents said, at the height of the Islamic State’s rampage across the Middle East, the militants stormed into Al Qaa, killed five of its residents and wounded dozens more.
Sahar Fares Firefighter
Ms. Sahar called Mr. Karaan on Tuesday evening to show him the fire that was consuming a warehouse at the Port of Beirut. No one needed medical attention, so she sat in a fire engine, watching her colleagues as they struggled to douse the flames.
As the roar of the blaze intensified, she climbed down from the truck, holding her phone up to give Mr. Karaan a better look at what appeared to be fireworks igniting, shimmers of red and silver within the thick smoke. The sounds were weird, Ms. Fares said, like nothing she and her team had ever encountered.
Beirut Bride Sahar Fares, Fiance Gilbert Karaan
On Thursday, Sahar Fares’s fiancé and family gave her the wedding party she will never have.
A zaffe wedding band played for her, the flute striking a joyful tune while drums kept the beat, as family and friends threw rice and flower petals. The musicians, in festive, gold-embroidered white gowns, played while uniformed firefighters carried her white coffin to a waiting hearse.
Her fiancé, Gilbert Karaan, sat atop the shoulders of a relative, crying as he waved goodbye for the last time, blowing her a final kiss.
“Everything you wanted will be present except you in a white wedding dress,” Mr. Karaan had vowed in a tribute posted on social media. “You broke my back, my love, you broke my heart. Life has no taste now that you’re gone.”
He pleaded with her to run for cover, relatives said later, and she did, but too late. The last image Mr. Karaan saw of his fiancée was her shoes pounding on pavement as she sought safety. And then, a blast.
“My beautiful bride. Our wedding was to be held on June 6, 2021,” he wrote Wednesday in his online message, accompanied by a photo of her posing proudly in her paramedic’s uniform. Instead, it will be “tomorrow, my love.”
“I loved you, love you and will always love you,” it went on, “until I am reunited with you where we’ll continue our journey together.”
Sahar Fares Funeral
A cousin of Ms. Fares, awakened by the attack, rushed out to to help his neighbors and was one of those killed in the fighting.
For many people from her village, her death was too much to bear, apparently stemming not from the external threats that have long plagued Lebanon, but from the internal ills of government corruption and indifference.
Officials say that what detonated was a huge cache of ammonium nitrate that had been stored near the waterfront for years, despite repeated warnings about the danger it posed and discussions about what to do with it. That has set off a wave of anger at the government and demands that those responsible be punished.
In the moments after Ms. Fares was laid to rest, Al Qaa’s residents seethed with anger and despair. They had lost too much, they said, dedicating too many of their own for a country that was barely functioning.
“Our history is one of martyrs and martyrdom,” said Al Qaa’s mayor, Bachir Mattar. “Sahar is a message to our youth that there are people who commit to the nation and lose everything. I wish there was a nation that was worth such sacrifice and commitment, though. I wish we had a proper state.”
The village named its sports field for her, “in recognition of the martyr of all martyrs.”
“People are fed up,” Mr. Mattar continued. “We are proud of her sacrifice, but we are just as bothered. Why? What was it all for? For a dysfunctional system doesn’t know how to solve a single problem.”
Sahar Fares Video
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Sahar Fares Tributes
Ms. Fares and her fiancé, Mr. Karaan, took pride in their service to the country. He works as an officer in the Lebanese State Security, which provides internal policing and protection to the country’s politicians.
They posted photos of themselves in uniform to their social media accounts, Ms. Fares sitting inside a fire truck peeking out an open window, smiling in her camo uniform.
“She was the most loving person I know,” said her cousin, Theresa Khoury, 23. “Kind and caring and always looking out for her parents and sisters. She was full of life and loved life. Her dream was to marry the love of her life and spend the rest of her life with him.”