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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I am 73 Today

June 9, 2011
Ain Aar

To my dear friend Walid Ghulmieh:

Dear Walid,

I cannot imagine you saying any thing different from the following...
At the age of 73, you felt it was time to move to the real world of love, truth, peace, tranquility and justice...

God bless your soul my friend. You did a great job here.

So long.

I know
I'm 73 today
I wonder
Why people
Keep reminding me
Of my age
On this very date!

At this age
I feel
I'm closer to the beginning
More than anytime
In the past...
I mean closer
To a new life
To a peaceful life
To where
All the people
I loved and miss,
Are there
Yes for sure,
I miss them all
But I know however
They all
Are waiting for me
They are anxious
To meet me there
I know for sure
They are happy
Where they are
I know
Their morals are high
Their good spirits
Will never fade away ...
Or die
I know this
Cause I feel
I live with them
Most of the time...
They are the real ones
They are honest
They believed in God
WHO 's in heaven
And went to him
Seeking his love
And forgiveness...

I admit!
I live with those
Up there
Every minute of my life,

I talk to them all the time
Using a language
That is special
And unique...
It's the language
Of the God's Kingdom,

That's me
The real me...

If you fellows here
Don't believe it
I can assure you
That the day of truth
Is approaching
To clear
Everyone's heart
And mind
And guide them
To the right path...
O Father
Show them the way
They all need you
We all need you too!

Please God
Show us the way
To real love, truth
And forgiveness

O God
We all need you now
More than anytime
In the past.



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