Our community project was launched on the first-year anniversary of the Beirut port blast in which nearly 200 people were killed and more than 6,000 people were injured. The project got traction by the U.S. Embassy in Beirut which fully funded its operation, finding in it much promise for the youth who were either directly or indirectly affected by the tragic event. It would create a platform for them to share their feelings and deal with their trauma collectively.
In our capacity as writing instructors at different universities in Lebanon, and as members of a community that witnessed the trauma of the Beirut blast, we felt the need to commemorate through remembrance in writing hence the name of our project: Write to Remember. This project aims to archive stories, reflections, photos, and oral histories related to the tragic event and its aftermath. Ultimately, we will have established a web memoir that will preserve the participants’ memories.