• Rasha Kotaiche

Christine Amanpour: Sex and Love Around the World; Beirut

"How do you live and love in a place like Beirut when you never know when the next bomb is going to drop?"

"religion so often the cause of war, still affects every aspect of life"

Joumana Haddad founder of Jasad Magazine

"people often think if she's Christian she's liberated, If she's Muslim she's oppressed and it's not like that [depends on the family]"

  • the perfumed garden - 15th century Muslim text

"living every day as their last"

"raised in a destroyed city"

"and when you are raised in a beautiful city thats been destroyed - it becomes like a mirror of the way you see yourself and you want to make it beautiful again by making yourself beautiful again"

"most women would rather spend on beauty than save for the future"

"we cannot plan. We don't have a vision for 10 years or 5 years or 2 months" "we never lived time of peace because of war: we learned to live for today" "we don't know when we're going to die"

  • How does this transfer to the diaspora? Do the stigmas follow? Or do they adapt to the society they are in?