My dear Jad, I’ve had your book on my night table with the intention of reading it ever since I received it - but something always got in the way! I started it last night and finished it this morning - after spending the whole night reading!! It revived so many memories - but I have to admit that I never appreciated the extent and horror of the war until I read your story. In 1976, the year before Liz and I got married, 2 of her first cousins who had married and were living in Beirut, moved to Miami with their families because of the danger they were living under every day from the insurgence. So even with this first-hand, close family experience - appreciating the full extent was impossible. You’ve always been very dear to me - but I have a renewed level of admiration and respect for you. To have experienced all you did in life and still become the warm, kind, caring gentleman I know fills me with awe. Your professional and family accomplishments in spite of the obstacles and odds are inspirational. Thank you so very much for sharing it with me and for your friendship. Hugs, Adolfo
Ibrahim joined the Lebanese Red Cross in 1981 and stayed active until 1986. After getting married, he left for the United Arab Emirates; where he spent 13 years before returning permanently to Lebanon, where he currently lives and works. Ibrahim has a son and a daughter. He is a renowned brand consultant and co-owns his private consulting ﬁrm.
After ﬁghting for 3 years during the Lebanese Civil War, Jad joined the Red Cross in 1980, where he spent 5 years. He then left for the Gulf to work, before getting married and moving permanently to the United States, where his daughter was born. Jad and his family have been living there since 1992. He co-owns and heads a successful General Contracting and Real Estate company.