Ibrahim Kaffas

Ibrahim Kaffas

Ibrahim is a 24-year old Egyptian young man who grew up in the city of Samanoud, in Gharbia governorate, in Egypt. When he was still a child, he was forced to drop out of school because of his family's difficult living conditions. Pretty young, he had to join his father in the workforce. Ibrahim was a nice, friendly young man, with a sense of humor.

After he was exempted from the compulsory military service for being an only son, Ibrahim decided to leave for Lebanon to work, improve his financial status, and support his family, especially that his younger sister was still a school student, and his older sister had a family of her own. Moreover, his father was a day laborer, and his mother sold tomatoes in the flea market.

During his first months in Lebanon, he worked in a manakish bakery. He was not fond of the job, and he quit to work in a wood company for around a year, before finally settling for a job, along his friend Rochdi, at AUDI Lebanon. They both rented a house close to their workplace.

Ibrahim was patient, he was committed to save as much as possible for his future in his home country. He had planned to return soon, and settle in Egypt for good, to marry and start a family with his fiancée who was still waiting for his return. But his patience did not pay off. The August 4 explosion destroyed the house he lived in with his friend, killing him and making him a martyr.

During Eid Al-Adha, a few days before the explosion, Ibrahim bought his nephews new clothes and promised them to see them soon. The children were ecstatic and couldn't wait to see their uncle and receive their gifts. They waited relentlessly, but the gifts will never reach them.

Ibrahim's parents lost their only son. His sisters lost their chief supporter. His nephews lost their loving uncle who always listened to their stories. Death stole the dreams of his bride who was eagerly waiting for his return to get engaged in ten days.

His dead body arrived to Hotel Dieu Hospital, the Egyptian embassy in Lebanon was informed of his passing, and that of two of his countrymen. His corpse remained in the hospital morgue for two days before flying to Egypt, on August 6, to be buried in his homeland.

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