Beirut Calls for Help

Beirut Calls for Help

From Umar Shahid

A massive explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital of Beirut on Tuesday left at least 135 people dead and thousands injured. Now they are looking towards international support.

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People in Beirut are forced to sleep in shattered homes, during a deadly pandemic, with a collapsing economy led by corrupt politicians, surrounded by countries that have attacked & threatened them and a world that has abandoned them and their refugees. They deserve better.

According to The Economist, "For most Lebanese life has become a seemingly endless succession of crises. Inflation is running at more than 50% and close to 200% for food. A 500-gram jar of Nescafé can cost 10% of the monthly minimum wage; a kilo of beef goes for 15%. The army stopped serving meat to soldiers to cut costs. On June 30th the government raised bread prices by a third, the first increase in a decade. Half the country now lives below the poverty line, and three-quarters may need aid by year’s end."

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