Two days after the loss of Ms. Julia Awdeh, 19 months post-Beirut port explosion, Lebanon mourns 20-year-old Rita Antoun Hardini

The picture to the right was taken from Ici Beyrouth.
Goodbye, with much love, to Ms. Rita Antoun Hardini…

According to l‘Orient Today, in an article entitled, “Beirut port explosion claims second victim in 48 hours more than 18 months after blast” (, “the deadly Aug. 4, 2020 explosion at the Beirut port claimed another victim Saturday night, more than a year and a half after the tragedy that left more than 200 dead and 6,500 injured” (Bambi paid tribute to Ms. Julia Audeh on this blog, as you can see further below).

Bambi’s heart now goes to the family and friends of Ms. Rita Antoun Hardini. The latter was was just over 18 year old when she was seriously injured in the surrealistic Beirut port explosion of August 4, 2020.

It is hard to imagine just half of single drop of the ocean of sorrow of Ms. Hardini’s parents who will be burying their daughter today. Of note, she has lived the last 19 months of her short life on life support… just like her bankrupt country.

In Ici Beyrouth, we can read the powerful words of Ms. Marianne Fadoulian, the sister of Gaya, another blast victim ( According to Ms. Fadoulian, the Lebanese political power “continues to turn a deaf ear, ignoring the claims of those close to the victimsThe officials are trying to find a thousand legal and political formulas to prevent the investigation from continuing and the judgment of the culprits“.

To conclude this sad post, Bambi would like to pay tribute to Ms. Rita Antoun Hardini with the beautiful music of a moving, great German musician she discovered yesterday (and she will follow from now on, His guitar piece, composed in 2015, is entitled “Beyrouth“…

May your memory be eternal Rita (or Ms. Rita Antoun Hardini). May God know how to comfort your family. May justice (and love) finally prevail in Beirut…

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