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Dressing physical and psychological wounds, living with an amputated leg or welcoming a child to make life triumph over death. The victims of the tragic explosions on August 4, 2020, at the port of Beirut and their loved ones are fighting head on to rebuild and obtain justice, not without stumbling, reports “L’Orient-Le Jour”.

Photos of little Alexandra, one of the youngest victims of the double explosion at the port, adorn the apartment where the Naggear live, in Beit Méry [colline surplombant la capitale, Beyrouth]. Tracy tenderly observes her husband, Paul, cradling their baby boy, Axel, 4 months. On August 3, 2021, a day before the first anniversary of the blast, they heard the beating of its little heart for the first time. A glimmer of hope then enters their lives. With the birth of Axel, Tracy and Paul rediscover that threesome routine that was torn from them by the double explosion at the port. “But it does not replace” [la petite Alexandra]says Tracy, her face soft, but hollowed out by dark circles.

Axel smiled at her. “Then I think of Lexou”, she says. Before the birth of her son, she cried looking at her daughter’s photos. “I can’t afford to fall apart like before, I have a child on my hands.” The two parents have decided to see a psychologist to answer Axel’s future questions: who is Alexandra? What happened to him ? And to prepare him for this battle for justice that occupies their daily lives. A battle for the 224 souls slain and the more than 7,000 injured on August 4, 2020.

The emotional scars are never far away. “We have the trauma of losing each other. We also have that with Axel.” The little boy remains glued to his parents. He sleeps in their room and they never put him next to a window. “We say to ourselves that we want to take advantage of him as much as possible, as if time were limited. With Lexou, it was so short”, says Tracy shyly.

Since August 4 [2020]the couple hardly go out, no longer celebrate Christmas, Easter or their birthdays. “We weren’t like that, we were party people. Now that we have a child, we cannot continue to live this way. Something has to be done.”

They decided to leave the country to rebuild themselves, for their son, while continuing to go back and forth to Beirut.

“Before we didn’t care, we only lived to do justice to Alexandra. Now we also have the responsibility of raising a child. We will keep coming back here. We won’t let go until justice is served for our daughter.”

“I learned to tame my pain”

They have still not returned to live in their apartment in Gemmayzé [quartier de Beyrouth à proximité du port, lourdement endommagé par l’explosion] which they rebuilt for two years. They have been there several times to get used to their home again, and plan to stay there for a few weeks in October.

This apartment, for them, is eight years of happiness and three years of life with their daughter. “This is Alexandra’s house. Our memories with her are there,” she says. Tracy wants Axel to know about the pleasures her sister has had in this neighborhood. Stroll through the alleys of Gemmayzé while eating

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The Orient-The Day (Beirut)

For a long time the French-language daily in Beirut, born in 1971 from a merger between the east and The day, was the perfect illustration of the French-speaking and Christian “Lebanon of Dad” that the civil war would make fun of. The departure of the elites fleeing the violence of the war and the decline of the French language in the country of the Cedars should have dealt the blow of a club to this newspaper.
Fortunately, these dire predictions did not come true. Not only thanks to the return to the country in the 1990s of thousands of French-speaking families fleeing an Africa torn by wars or a Europe in the grip of the economic crisis, but thanks to a real editorial dynamism and the arrival of a new generation of journalists who use a lively and hard-hitting French without preciosity, trickery, or conspicuous self-censorship… And it is no exaggeration to affirm that The Orient-The Day is today the most interesting Lebanese daily and one of the best in the Arab world.
The daily’s website also testifies to this dynamism, since it is one of the few in the region to update its information several times a day. Admittedly, the old habits have not disappeared and the articles “of convenience” still occupy a small space, but this remains quite acceptable in the face of the distressing editorial decline of a certain Lebanese press. Even the worldly gossip of The Orient-The Day keep a second degree that can make us smile.

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