AUD’s Mohammed Bin Rashid School of Communication (MBRSC) paid an emotional tribute last week to Palestinian student Abdullah Yasin, who was killed in a car accident two months ago in Dubai. He was 20.
“I can’t believe Abdullah is not with us today”, MBRSC Executive director Sophie Boutros said about the amiable, ambitious student who was studying film production. Due to the Covid-19 restrictions, the ceremony was organized online in the virtual presence of dozens of students, faculty, friends and relatives of Abdullah.
Professor Sumaya Kubeisy highlighted Abdullah’s creativity and determination to achieve his projects. She presented a short video, “Qalam Leyla,” featuring the late student in one of his film projects, including recent testimonies from his friends and family. The video was made by one of Abdullah’s closest friends, Mohanad Munir.
Several students shared memories of special moments spent with Abdullah, many expressing gratitude about having known such an inspirational friend who loved poetry, the pure sky of the desert, and the melancholic piano melodies of French composer Erik Satie.
“Throughout my life I have been proud of him and his accomplishments,” said his mother, Um Abdullah. “You made me proud of you throughout your life and even after it. Your life may have ended for other people, but you will always remain in my heart. Only 20 years and you left all this effect. I will always remember your beautiful smile.”
May his soul rest in peace.