Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals. – Martin Luther King Jr.
A Lebanese man carries a cross as he plays the role of Jesus during a re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ to mark Good Friday procession in Quraye near the southern port city of Sidon. (Mohammed Zaatari / AP) Lebanese Orthodox Christian priests carrying icons are followed by worshippers during the Palm Sunday procession on next to the Parliament square in central Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP) A child paints eggs ahead of Easter celebrations in Abra, Saida. (Ali Hashisho / REUTERS) Family members of Lebanese soldier Ali al-Bazzal, who was killed by Syria’s al Qaeda offshoot Nusra in December, mourn over his coffin during his funeral after receiving his body in his hometown Bazalia village. Al-Bazzal was killed in retaliation for the arrest by Lebanese authorities of women identified as wives of Islamist militants. The soldier was one of more than two dozen members of the security forces taken captive by militants affiliated to the Nusra Front and Islamic State when they staged an attack on the Lebanese border town of Arsal last August. (Ahmad Shalha / REUTERS) Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Morteza Sarmadi (4th L) prays at the grave of assassinated Hezbollah military commander Imad Moughniyah and his son Jihad in the southern suburbs of Beirut. (Aziz Taher / REUTERS) Spain’s King Felipe VI, left, salutes as he reviews the honor guard during his visit to the Spanish U.N. peacekeepers base, in the southern village of Blatt, Lebanon. King Felipe VI is in Beirut to meet with the Lebanese officials and to visit the Spanish U.N. soldiers in south Lebanon. (Mohammed Zaatari / AP) The skeletal remains of more than one hundred and fifty Armenians killed during their exodus from persecutions by the Ottoman government in 1915 are displayed at the Saint Stephanos Church in the Armenian Orthodox Archdiocese in Antelias, north of the Lebanese capital, Beirut. The church, which holds the remains, is starting to go under renovation in preparation for the “Armenian Genocide” 100-year anniversary. (JOSEPH EID / AFP) A Syrian watches an interview of Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Lebanon’s militant Shiite Muslim movement Hezbollah, screened on Syria’s official television channel Al-Ikhbariya in Damascus. (AFP / STR) Lebanese children hold placards and a giant Yemeni flag during a demonstration organized by the Hezbollah group in protest of the Saudi-led airstrikes against Yemeni Houthis, in front the United Nations headquarters in Beirut. (Bilal Hussein / AP) Lebanon presidential election is postponed until April 22 Parliament’s presidential election session after lawmakers failed to meet quorum in Beirut. Activists demonstrated peacefully near Parliament before the election session to urge the government to end the 10-month-long presidential vacuum. The protest was led by the Civil Society Dialogue Table, a group of non-governmental organizations. (BILAL JAWICH / ANADOLU AGENCY) Nejmeh square in Downtown Beirut was light up blue on occasion of the World Autism Awareness Day. Landmarks around the globe turned blue and people wore blue to honor World Autism Awareness Day 2015. (Housam Chbaro / Almustaqbal)