| 23 September 2021, Thursday |

Hajj Muhammad Mashrad lives under a bridge and among the books

Muhammad al-Maghribi, 78 years old, decided to live under the Fiat Bridge. He studied engineering at Cairo University, where he spent most of his life. He puts his pillow on iron and some woods, living homeless between the traffic jam and the sounds of passers-by. He said to “Sawt Beirut International” reporter, Ghida Jbeili, “My life is very normal, I read, I eat, I pray, as I take a shower at the nearby station, and in the winter, God protects me”.

His love for reading prompted him to build a small library that consoles his loneliness. It helps him to separate from the bitter reality. He says that he is not afraid of tomorrow, as life taught him to sow until he reaps.

Regarding his favorite writer, he replied, “Taha Hussein, the dean of Arabic literature”. He considered that whoever assassinated the martyr Rafik Hariri wanted to end Lebanon and did so, he said that all politicians are corrupt,” addressing the youth of Lebanon he said, “Do not leave your country wounded alone.”

On the streets of Beirut, a thousand stories are told. Homeless people under bridges make their living from the good people. They live day by day in a country where 77 percent of families cannot find money to buy food.