His name is Sleiman Akiki, known as Shlomo. He was also given the name of “Hares al-Jird”. Shlomo is from the village of Kfardebian, where he was assassinated after the end of the war on Christmas eve 1991. Shlomo was killed by Syrian agents. I met him in Oyoun el-Siman, the ski resort area. At the time he was the head of the LF Ski unit. His story with the resistance started when he was 13. He fought on all fronts and was wounded several times. I’ll summarize Shlomo in one story. A major snow storm hit Lebanon in late eighties. Even though Oyoun el-Siman was prepared with machines to open the roads, at that time minister Walid Jummblat ordered all them to head to Daher el-Baydar to open the roads there because civilians were stuck on the roads. From our side, we were stuck in Oyoun el-Siman for few weeks. The roads were covered with over 3 meters of snow. One day, we hear a voice calling. We stepped outside and here he was, with his usual smile, standing in front of the white snowmobile Ratrak. Are you OK? You have enough food? What do you need? We are out of bread, he passed us couple of “Rabtit Khibiz” (bundle of bread). He refused to come in and rest, he has been driving and tackling the snow for hours. Shlomo reason:” I have to get to the Lebanese Army soldiers, those guys for sure are out of food. They are my priority.” He jumped in the Ratrak and headed to feed the Lebanese Army soldiers. Those soldiers will turn their guns on him after few years …. Shlomo was assassinated on Christmas eve, he was heading home to give his kids Christmas gifts. Several time he approached me on the ski slopes and asked to either join his unit or come train them skiing. One day the Syrians were shelling the ski slopes with their Russian Grad rockets. We kept skiing, we met him heading to inspect the front and he told us: “you are one crazy sons of B…..”.
A man like him should either live for a long time to tell his story or die on a front.