Jocelyne Khoueiry is confirmed dead at the age of 64.
Jocelyne was best known as a Lebanese militant and activist.
Jocelyne Khoueiry
Born15 August 1955
Died31 July 2020(2020-07-31) (aged 64)
Jocelyne Khoueiry (15 August 1955 – 31 July 2020) was a Lebanese militant and activist during the Lebanese Civil War.
A Maronite Christian, Khoueiry was active in the Kataeb Party. During the Civil War, the Christian militia fought against the Palestinian fighter of the Palestinian Liberation Organization. On 7 May 1976, she defended a building overlooking Martyr's Square in Beirut alongside six other girls against 300 Palestinian fighters. Khoueiry killed their leader, causing the militia to panic and flee following a six hour span. An image of Khoueiry received worldwide attention.
Khoueiry led up to 1000 combatants under her orders. The number of women would reach 1500 in 1983. Throughout the war, she went from a Christian identity to proclaiming a lived faith. She would lay down her arms in 1986.
In 1988, Lebanese filmmaker Jocelyne Saab made a film about Khoueiry. The film, broadcast on Canal+, was titled La Tueuse and reports on her passage of faith during the Lebanese Civil War.
She founded three associations: "La Libanaise 31 mai", "Oui à la Vie", and the Centre Jean-Paul II. In 2012, she participated in a synod on the Middle East. In 2014, she participated in the Third Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops and was appointed to the Pontifical Council for the Laity.
Jocelyne Khoueiry died in Beirut on 31 July 2020 at the age of 64.
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