Zrarieh is a town in southern Lebanon, located in the Sidon District. It is home to about 20,000 people, over half of whom are emigrants to West Africa, Europe and the Americas. The etymology of “Zrarieh” is derived from the Aramaic word for rose or flower. Zrarieh’s residents are Shia Muslims by religious confession and are involved in business, farming, the professions and many other trades. The largest family in Zrarieh is the Mroueh family. They are scattered throughout the world. What makes the Mroueh family unique is that they are always close to each other even though most are scattered. Historically, the village has supported the Lebanese Communist Party though in more recent years, support has shifted to more mainstream Shia parties.

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