Just when we almost gave up on finding a photographer for the Damascus chapter of our book, our friend Karim Haidar made the handshake. We told Imad our book is all about hummus and love, and he immediately said, “Count me in!” A couple of days later, he sent us captivating images of people and hummus snapped in the hidden alleyways of old Damascus, but he also made us promise to never reveal the photographer’s name, keeping him anonymous for fear of his life. We’ve remained friends ever since.
Just yesterday we texted him to check how he’s doing, and he replied: “We are ok, just, I am working in Abu Dahbi, my family is in Dubai, my mother in Syria, my son in Australia – all like crazy… Hope you are good. It is like judgment day.” We send Imad and his family our well-wishing hopes and prayers.
On this journey for a new social order, we met friends who joined us in our attempt to create a community of people who want to live in equality and love. We found that kindness, too, is very contagious, and perhaps now is just the time to let it spread the most. We met by hummus, and are united by love. One love, No borders. Join us.
“And indeed it could be said that once the faintest stirring of hope became possible, the dominion of plague was ended.”
― Albert Camus, The Plague
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