Losing your identity is the hardest thing that you can be in right now. I feel like there are people who have lost their identities along the way, and it is just sad. There are lots of people who haven't even realized who they are, so just think about that. I wish that life can be a little bit better for some people, but it is just not possible. Believe me, it is an amazingly hard thing to do
Naji Assi, architect working-living in Beirut since 1997 and senior lecturer at the Department of Architecture and Design of the American University of Beirut (AUB) since 2003.