What is happening in Lebanon?
Many of the problems Lebanon currently faces stem from its recent economic troubles. Millions of people are now food insecure, many of whom were once middle class. According to the UN, seventy five percent of the Lebanese population live below the poverty line.
These issues are complicated by the large number of refugees living in Lebanon(estimated two million in a population of 6.8 million) and sectarian divides within the country. Refugees and their descendants – due to their legal status – don’t have the same access as Lebanese nationals to services such as healthcare.
On August 4, 2020, an explosion at the port in Beirut caused widespread devastation across the city including seven major hospitals. It is estimated some 300,000 people were displaced due to the damage or destruction of their homes in the blast.