Clowned in Lebanon

Death and conflict surround the tiny country of Lebanon. With its north and west bordering Syria and its south bordering “the occupied land” as they say (Israel according to official US policy), the Mediterranean is their only peaceful neighbor. Half the buildings of Beirut are bombed full of holes from their own civil war which just ended the year “Ice Ice Baby” hit the charts. For 15 years Muslims and Christians tried to eliminate each other for praying differently until one day the just decided it was a stupid idea and quit.
The other half of the buildings consist of massive under construction skyscrapers ready to welcome yuppies with state of the art starbucking. The new hipster neighborhood changes every 6 months or so and the food is insanely satisfying all over. https://youtu.be/V8bmgpbBh7k
Five years ago, the horrors began next door and a river of refugees flooded the country. Around one million Syrians have joined the half million Palestinian refugees to make up about one third of the countries population. And they were accepted. Because Lebanon knows the horrors of war and the bliss of peace. The refugees who choose to live here say at least they can still see Syria and they can still hear the bombs so they know what’s going on. They keep hoping for those explosions to stop so they can go back and rebuild.
Lebanon may not have much to share but they have some kind of a heart. And they have a few clowns. Clown Me In was founded by a beautifully souled friend of mine Sabine Choucair. We joined them for the beginning of both our tours for an Emergency Me In party that neither we nor these smiling kids will soon forget.