From the pain of the Beirut port explosion.. A love story between two brothers, two victims

From the womb of the tragedies of losing the most precious people in the Beirut port explosion on August 4, 2020, and from the heart of the pain of injustice, love was born between William Noun, the brother of the victim Djo, a member of the Beirut Fire Brigade, and Maria Fares, the sister of the victim, Sahar, the nurse in the same fire brigade, who died in the port explosion along with Djo. While they were doing their job, they extinguished the fire in the first moments before the explosion.

The story of William and Maria began after the tragedy of the Beirut port explosion, which claimed more than 200 victims, including his brother Djo and her sister Sahar, as they fought and are still fighting the battle to achieve justice that has been lost until now, as a result of the judicial investigator being prevented from carrying out his investigations.

And as soon as the pictures of the announcement of her engagement spread, social media caught fire with blessings and expressions of joy with their love, which constituted a “glimmer of light” in the darkness of the Beirut Port explosion file.

Suffering brought us together

William Noun told Al, “Suffering brought us together… Our story began after the Beirut port explosion, when we formed a follow-up committee by the families of the victims. We always met on occasions related to the explosion.”

Last October was a turning point in William and Maria’s relationship. They had a dinner at the home of one of the victims of the port explosion. He told her of his feelings towards her, only to be surprised that she also had the same feelings for him.

I told her I loved her

William added, “I hesitated at first to reveal my feelings towards her, because her family is still under the influence of the wound of losing her sister to the explosion, just like my family’s situation, but I made the decision on the sidelines of the dinner and declared her my love for her, only to be surprised that she shared the same feelings with me.”

The joy of William and Maria with their love was not limited to their families, but spread to the Beirut Fire Brigade, in which Dajo and Sahar were two members before they were kidnapped by the port explosion.

They marry next summer

After the marriage proposal, William and Maria are preparing for an official engagement on December 22, and they will tie the knot next summer in the presence of family, friends, members of the Beirut Fire Brigade, and the families of the victims.

And just as William Noun, who lost his brother Dajo in the explosion, Maria Fares also lost her sister Sahar in the fire brigade, who was preparing for marriage before death snatched her from her fiancé.

Our future is shared

Maria told, “Our story began after the tragedy of August 4, but the ‘serious’ matters took place months ago, when he told me of his feelings and that he hoped we would have a common future. The initiative came from him and the acceptance came from me, and our love will be crowned with marriage next summer.”

“It is true that we met after a sad story, but joy will be the title of our common life,” she added.

Continue to struggle after marriage

Despite the many obstacles that were placed in the path of the judicial investigator in the explosion and succeeded in stopping the investigations, William and Maria affirmed their continuation of the struggle “until we know the truth about who killed my sister Sahar and my brother Djou and all the victims of the Beirut port explosion.”

“Our love will strengthen our struggle,” they said. “We will not back down from our primary goal of achieving justice for Dajo and Sahar.”

Dju and Sahar named their two children

And as a common struggle, William and Maria unanimously agreed that they would name their two children Dajo and Sahar in the future.

Since last summer, investigations into the Beirut port explosion have stalled as a result of requests for response and litigation with the state, which were submitted by former ministers and deputies, who requested the judicial investigator to hear them as defendants in the case.

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