On Women’s Day, Sunday March 8, I went up to Jamhour College to cover the cross-country race event. The men raced first. The Army won as usual.
Then came the women’s race. As they left the field to go uphill and into the woods, I got a few shots. It wasn’t until I got back home to process the photos that I realized that one of the runners had tears in her eyes.
The race was in memory of Melanie Freiha who had passed away not one month ago in a skiing accident. I had the opportunity to talk to Corine, Melanie’s sister a few days prior because I wanted to take her portrait as a peace runner in the Beirut Marathon. When we finished shooting, I had asked her what she wanted to do when she grew up: «Medicine. I want to study Medicine, but I won’t do it here. I will leave this country as soon as I can.»
Krystel one of Melanie’s closest friends, told me that she dedicated her run to her friend that day. “None of her friends will ever forget her”.