The Flower Seller paintings was painted in 1941 and depicts a young woman kneeling with a very large bundle of calalilies. In Lebanon we have different flower sellers. Ours are young kids who are forced to sell flowers on the streets. Our flower sellers are not something you look at and enjoy. Our flower sellers are a real tragedy. The tragedy of displacement, poverty, social destruction, child abusing, child prostitution …. The latest victim is Fatima, the flower seller in Saida. Fatima was 11 years old when she passed away. She died in a car accident. Fatima was forced to leave her home in Syria. She dropped her dreams at the door step of her house in Syria looking for safety in Lebanon. War, poverty, abuse ….. threw Fatima on the streets of Saida to sell flowers to support her mother, her stepfather and her siblings. Fatima was forced to leave school to sell flowers. She was killed in a car accident.
There are hundreds of Fatima in the streets of Lebanese cities. We heard hundreds of similar stories, yet nothing was done or changed. The tragedy of Fatima and other kids should have pulled all Lebanese together to save these kids. Don’t, you Lebanese, brag around that the Lebanese family ties and our society is better than those in the west? Do you know what will the western population do if they see an 11 years old kid selling flowers on the streets?
Isn’t it about time to stop your hypocrisy and your fake faces and do something?