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Ahmadia Back Home on the Big Island

Sarah Ahmadia wipes away tears of joy after being welcomed home by her mother. Sarah Ahmadia wipes away tears of joy after being welcomed home by her mother.
US troops assist in the evacuations of hundreds of Americans from Lebanon. US troops assist in the evacuations of hundreds of Americans from Lebanon.

by Stephen Florino

HILO (KHNL) -  After a frustrating 6-day struggle, a Big Island woman enjoyed her first day back home with family and friends.

Sarah Ahmadia landed in Hilo late Sunday night, after being trapped in Lebanon.

"Incredibly relieved," said Sarah Ahmadia, on her feelings about returning home. "I still can't believe that I'm back."

Ahmadia was in the middle of a 3-week vacation when the war started. The U.S. State Department worked to transport American citizens out of the area. Ahmadia's six day trek home took her from Beirut, Cyprus, Rome, Philadelphia, Atlanta, San Francisco, and Hilo.

"It's been quite the adventure," said Ahmadia.

Ahmadia knew she'd be okay once she got to the meeting site in Beirut. She was thankful that her trip back was "very uneventful."

She said even in the middle of the war, she saw some good. She said her happiest moment was during a wedding she attended.

Bombs were going off, but everyone just turned the music louder and kept dancing.

"It was a promise of the future, and that everything will survive no matter what people do," said Ahmadia. "It was a beautiful representation of the Lebanese people and how strong their spirit is."

Even though she enjoyed a big hug from her parents on her return, Ahmadia's mind is still no those trapped in the Middle East.

"We were the lucky ones, but hopefully everybody here will do as much as they can to help those that are still back there," she said.

Ahmadia says her immediate plans are to get some rest at her parents house, then return to work as a teacher at Kamehameha Schools Keaau campus on August 1st.

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