The tragic death of Tarek Assi in 1994, a 19-year-old Lebanese university student, led his friends to establish a club in his memory. Later, this club was registered as the NGO Youth Association for Social Awareness (YASA) in Lebanon in 1996.
YASA aims at safety promotion and injury prevention through public awareness campaigns. Within that aim, the “YASA For Road Safety” Facebook page shared a photo of a man riding on a motorcycle on a highway in Beirut.
He is seen holding on to a massive load totally obstructing the view in front of him.
Unexpectedly, the post sparked controversy in its comment section.
A social media user blamed the person who took the photo for not offering help, although it would be hard to see how unless the person was riding a truck.
Others mentioned the inflation in Lebanon as an argument and the “deviation in YASA’s original aim.”
However, the danger the man put himself in and others around him through his ride is not to be dismissed as irrelevant. The potential of a fatal accident was high.