WHO IS HANNA LAHOUD?
Hanna Lahoud is an incredible young man, born in Lebanon from Brih- Chouf mountain. The youngest of eight siblings, Hanna studied in France for five years with a host family du- ring the Lebanese civil war, and came back to Lebanon when he was 14. At the age of 17, Hanna’s father sadly passed away yet he managed with many struggles to continue to study physiotherapy.
After his closest brother died in an accident, Hanna was inspired to join the Lebanese Red Cross in 2002 as a volunteer in the emergency medical services. During his eight years with the LRCS he worked three of them as Head of Sector, building a close knit team of volunteers and creating a sense of solidarity and fun despite the difficult work they faced together.
In 2010, Hanna joined the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) where as a dedicated humanitarian he worked to support and assist vulnerable people in Algeria, Tunis, Iraq and Guinea Conakry.
In 2014 Hanna was diagnosed with cancer and after nine months of fighting with great strength and an incredible sense of humor, he overcame the disease. Healthy and strong again Hanna set out to marry his great love Patricia, also a humanitarian worker, and in 2016 the two were wed in both Lebanon and Spain, surrounded by family, friends and loved ones.
With many years of Red Cross work in his heart, Hanna continued his humanitarian work with the ICRC. On the 21st April, 2018, Hanna Lahoud was tragically killed whilst working with the ICRC in Taiz, Yemen.
Much loved and admired by family, friends, loved ones, colleagues and even people who never met him directly, Hanna dedicated his life to taking care of others.
Hanna’s values and way of doing things, with integrity, positivity and humility are a tremendous inspiration and motivation for all of us and continue to live on.