Lebanon: An economic crisis and the aftermath of the Beirut port explosion

May 11, 2023 | Economics, People, Social, Videos

A nation in crisis. Lebanon, once called the ‘Switzerland of the Middle East’, is now suffering tremendous economic turmoil. The worst in its history. With a staggering 80% of the population living below the poverty line and food prices skyrocketing by 500% due to soaring inflation, the people of Lebanon are in dire straits.
As the country spirals into chaos with frequent power outages lasting up to 22 hours, regular citizens are left helpless. Forced to rely on private generators, the greenback has given rise to a new privileged class, while the locals watch as their currency loses 90% of its value. It’s an atmosphere of hopelessness where six out of ten Lebanese dream of escape. But some will go to unimaginable lengths to do so. In this heart-wrenching documentary, witness the struggles of a people fighting for a chance at a better life, even if it means risking everything they have.

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