Eyman from Syria fled his hometown and worked in Beirut. He dreamt of going back to his family.
4 August 2020 was a dark day for Beirut, Lebanon. A massive explosion rocked the city at 6:07 p.m. local time, killing many people, causing massive damage to properties, and displacing the lives of thousands. The tales reported about those impacted by the blast are beyond heartbreaking. The story of Eyman, a Syrian father, who worked in Syria is such a kind. The young man worked hard in the city away from home just to provide a good life for his family. His life was going well as he slowly built a new home and he heard the good news that he was going to be a dad. Fate was so cruel to him that he could not even meet his newborn girl.
Countries have dispatched emergency medical aid, field hospitals, rescue experts and tracking dogs to Lebanon as the world reacts swiftly to the vast explosion in Beiruthttps://t.co/3StEOWBOan pic.twitter.com/vdEYBC7Fba— AFP news agency (@AFP) August 6, 2020
His family back home was shocked by the news of his death. "I didn't believe it at first. I thought there must be a mistake. It was a huge shock," said Eyman's father, Ibrahim al-Hamish to BBC. Three days after his death, his daughter Watan was born in Syria. The devastated grandfather hoped that his granddaughter would turn out to be like her late dad.
"I hope God makes her like her father and that she brings us peace. To tell the truth, I see a lot of him in her," added the man. Eyman left his family in Raqqa and went to Beirut to earn a living to sustain his family. The young man dreamt of joining his family soon. Remembering his son, the father told BBC that he wanted to settle in his hometown with his family in the house he was building.
Pointing at his house under construction, the distraught father said, "He built this house using all his money from Lebanon. He came to see it 10 days before he died." He continued, "It was his dream to finish it, do it up nicely and come and live here. But fate had other plans."
Eyman's brother, too, works in Lebanon. Having seen pictures and videos of his niece, the man hopes to get to his hometown to see her in person. "I want to tell her that her father was a martyr," said the man. He added, "There's no safety anymore. Not in Syria or in Lebanon. What happened here didn't happen only to Syrians or Lebanese people. It happened to everyone who got injured or killed. In the end, we are all one people."
I pray for Lebanon.— Atif Lone (عاطف) (@atiflone0786) August 6, 2020
Beirut is bleeding, and innocent people are dying. My deep condolences to the people who have lost their families and the parents who lost their children in the catastrophic explosion that took place yesterday.
2020 didn't stop yet.🚫#Rip💔 pic.twitter.com/4ij1Y26JIH
Eyman is just one among the many foreigners that lost their lives in the unexpected blast. According to Reuters, at least 43 Syrians were killed in the explosion at the Beirut port. Due to the unrest in Syria, many fled from their hometowns to Lebanon for a better life. More than a million refugees are believed to have crossed the border since 2011. Thousands lived in camps and depended on daily labor to feed themselves and their dear ones.
According to the BBC, the foreigners were among those most affected by the blast. Their lives were already tormented by the ongoing pandemic and the economic crisis in the country.