People all across the world are standing in solidarity with Lebanon through this difficult time and one Lebanese citizen who is based in Dubai has decided to go the extra mile to do what he can.
Feeling helpless about not being to help from so far away, he decided he will do things his own way
Robert Nammour will be cycling 10,452 km – the equivalent of Lebanon’s surface area – in the coming months to continue generating awareness and sharing information on the circumstances that resulted in the catastrophic explosion.
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Dazed and confused. Angry and depressed. Helpless and frustrated. Hopeful and furious. The emotional roller coaster that is being Lebanese has seen some massive ups and downs. When the thawra began in October, we all felt hopeful. Optimistic. Then came yet another shitty and corrupt government. Then Covid-19. Failed infrastructure. And now this. An explosion which has claimed too many lives. An explosion which hurt too many people. An explosion which destroyed too many houses. It wasn’t Israel. It wasn’t Syria. It wasn’t any militant or terrorist organization. It wasn’t any of these so called enemies. It was The Enemy. It was us. We did this to ourselves. Our own elected officials turned a blind eye to a bomb sitting in our own port. This was gross negligence mixed with criminal activities. This was a crime against humanity. So why a cycling picture? Because I’ve been frustrated by my own helplessness. Because I didn’t know how I could help while so far away. So I’ll do what I do best: I’ll make some noise. I’ll generate awareness. I’ll talk to whoever will listen about what’s happening in Lebanon and I’ll share information on how they can help. And I’m going to ride the equivalent of Lebanon’s surface area in the meantime. That’s 10,452 km. The way I see it, if I ride an average of 50km a day I should be done by my birthday. Which is in March. And that’s a long time from now. But that’s the thing about this thawra. We need to be in it for the long haul. We might overthrow our useless puppets overnight, but we need to plan ahead. Alright. Rant almost over. Now for the final call to action: I ask all cyclists / runners / swimmers to complete 10,452km, no matter how long it might take you. We will use this as a constant reminder of the work that needs to be done. And we will use this platform to shed a spotlight on the people who need the most help. And on those who are helping. This is my first ride of this challenge. 50 / 10,452km done. #ride10452 #followthehippo @lebaneseredcross @dsclebanon @impact.lebanon these three organizations are a great place to start. Please donate. Your help is needed.
He will be riding 50km a day till March and is calling other cyclists, runners, and just about anyone else to also complete a 10, 452km distance as a constant reminder of what happened and what needs to be done next.