The Beirut port explosion couldn’t have come at a worse time; the country was already falling apart under a harsh financial crisis and several other crises, all of which remain unattended to date.
Enacting empathy towards the Lebanese students, two French universities have announced the cancellation of their registration fees: Université Clermont Auvergne and Université Caen.
Certainly, Lebanese students in France appreciated this gesture, considering that many of them rely on their parents back home to support their education.
And “back home” is in agony.
So much hard work and costs are going to be required from people to rebuild their homes, their properties, their businesses, and replace their shattered cars; and we can’t certainly disregard the excruciating status of those who just lost their beloved and irreplaceable breadwinners in the blast.
At that, we can only wish that all other universities in France, in Canada, and everywhere enact the same empathy towards their Lebanese students.
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