Biography

Hanna H. Farha was born on March 29, 1938 in Marjeyoun, a town in Southern Lebanon. He grew up there alongside his seven brothers and sisters, and went on to graduate from Marjayoun National College in 1958.

Hanna would serve the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) of the U.S. State Department between 1959 and 1976, and worked in Beirut, as well as in Washington D.C. and Tunisia.

During his time with the FSI, he taught Arabic to dozens of prominent ambassadors and Assistant Secretaries of State, such as Richard William Murphy, Morris Draper (Middle East Envoy tasked with leading the Lebanese-Israeli talks of 1983), Fred Galanto, David Newton, Dr. Nathaniel Howell, Kenton Keith, George Lane, Charles Widney, Robert Polletro, and the distinguished Edward Djerejian, who served in eight U.S. administrations (from Presidents John F. Kennedy to Bill Clinton).

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Marwan and the Aircraft

March 15, 2009
Ain Aar, Lebanon

When little Marwan saw Slumber getting near, he closed his eyes. Slumber was watching him carefully. He noticed Marwan's eyelashes shivering, so he asked:

"Something is bothering you Marwan. Tell me what it is...Perhaps I can help."

Marwan opened his eyes and said "It is the aircraft...The aircraft is bothering me..."

"The aircraft?" asked Slumber with astonishment..."Don't you like aircrafts?"

"I love aircrafts a lot" replied Marwan. "I've collected pictures of them, hanged them
on my walls as you can see... But this evening, I saw on television an aircraft dropping strange objects, which soon they hit the ground,they caused fires, destroyed houses and killed mothers, fathers and children... I don't like such aircrafts."

Slumber thought for a while and said "I don't like such aircrafts either... And now what do you want?"

"I wish that all those aircrafts disappear from the world" Marwan replied.

Slumber looked at Marwan with concern and said "Sure my little friend, only those aircrafts you like will remain. The rest will disappear."

Marwan closed his eyes and went to sleep to dream of a sky full with planes carrying people, flying all over the cities of the world.

In each city, children go out from their homes to the streets to watch with their eyes those aircrafts flying in the sky, wave to them with their hands, sing and dance while the planes were dropping flowers, toys and cards written on them, 'I am Marwan…I love you…'

Marwan laughed and laughed, while Slumber retreated to leave the place quietly.

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