Jamal Dod Miah

Jamal was born in Bangladesh in 1993, to a poor, yet very loving, family. He grew up with three brothers and a sister. Although he went to school in his home country,  he didn't have the chance to pursue his education. When faced with the choice of staying in his country or leaving, he chose to settle in Lebanon, to provide for his parents and siblings.

Jamal traveled to Beirut in 2016 through a sponsor, and a year and a half later, he left his sponsor looking for a better job, with a higher income. He rented an apartment with friends near Saint George Hospital in Achrafieh, and found a vacant position at the kitchen of Pizzanini, a pizza restaurant in Gemmayze.

Jamal was living in drastic economic and financial conditions, he was spending most of his income to support his family who have been counting on his salary to survive. Yet, despite his difficult situation, he was an optimist, always positive, always smiling, and fun. Jamal was committed and ethical on the job. The blast, however, did not draw a difference between good and evil.

At 6:07 PM, on august 4, 2020, Jamal was at the restaurant's kitchen, few miles away from the Port of Beirut. The explosion wounded him and destroyed everything around him. At 10:00 PM, he was evacuated to Saint George Hospital, in a critical condition. An hour later, he was transferred to Mount Lebanon Hospital where he stayed for 21 days, and underwent multiple surgeries to heal from the shattered glass that hit his thin body. He lost his battle, and passed away on August 25, 2020, succumbing to his wounds.

His corpse remained at the hospital's morgue until travel paperwork was completed. His dead body was flown to Bangladesh, with other Bangladeshi victims of the Beirut blast. They were received with tears and broken hearts, after a long time apart, they spent in difficulty and hardship, to have their lives taken away from them in a horrific explosion.

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