Atef was born and raised in Jdeidet Marjeyoun, a Christian town in South Lebanon. His parents, like many inhabitants of the town, held property in old Palestine before 1948 and were merchants. He was a teacher at the local school and was forced to flee the country due to the Lebanese Civil War. Atef is currently retired with his wife in upstate New York.
Born in Damascus, Syria, Jeanet grew up in a rich and diverse environment. Due to unrest in Syria, her family and she were forced to leave for the U.S. Her family's property was confiscated by the Syrian government and the Damascus International Airport was built on it. Today Jeanet resides in Appalachian, NY with her family.
Jeanine was born and raised in Ghazir, Lebanon. As she was growing up, she did not feel the effects of the Lebanese Civil war, until the last few years of the war. She married Jacques and moved to the U.S. to continue her education.
Josephine was born in Aintoura, Lebanon. She got married at the age of 15 and has four kids, three boys and one girl. She lived through the Lebanese Civil War and towards the end; she was able to flee with her family to Boston in the U.S. After a couple months, she moved with her family to Binghamton and started a restaurant business called the Phoenician in the University Plaza in Vestal. Today she is retired and lives in Vestal surrounded by her kids and Lebanese community.