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After Beirut blast, Lebanese businesses crowdfund to rebuild [Video]

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BEIRUT, LEBANONSEPTEMBER 18, 2020SOURCE: AFPTV

1. Wide shot ambulance driving past the Madame Om pub in Beirut’s blast-hit Gemmayzeh district2. Pull focus tree to pictures hanging on the wall seen through a gaping hole torn in the Madame Om pub in Beirut’s blast-hit Gemmayzeh district3. Wide shot Gizelle Hassoun walking from the bar of the Madame Om pub in Beirut’s blast-hit Gemmayzeh district towards a gaping hole torn in its facade4. Mid shot frame of a chair on a pile of rubble in the Madame Om pub in Beirut’s blast-hit Gemmayzeh district

5. SOUNDBITE 1 – Gizelle Hassoun , Co-owner of Madame Om pub in Beirut (female, 46 years old, Arabic, 25 sec): “We’re fundraising first off so we can get back to business. This business has been around for a bit. We have clients, we have staff that live off of this place, besides ourselves… now they don’t

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Syrian refugee injured in Beirut seeking visa to attend Trinity

A Syrian refugee badly injured in the recent port explosion in Beirut is fighting to take up a place at Trinity College Dublin later this month having been refused a visa to come to the country.

Ahmad Ourfali (38) fled the outbreak of civil war in his native country in 2014 and settled in the Lebanese capital where he works as an Arabic teacher.

However, while hoping to expand his English language academic studies, he has had to turn down a scholarship at University College London and will possibly be unable to attend TCD. In both cases, he says, he has been unable to secure a visa due to his circumstances.

“I haven’t given up yet, I want to fight to the end. But after this I’m trying not to think what’s the next step,” Mr Ourfali told The Irish Times from his home in Beirut.

He is currently recovering

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