Lebanon has been in crisis mode for years, but it was only after a deadly blast ripped through a Beirut port earlier this month, killing hundreds that the world finally took notice.
Now as the dust settles, the country is left with a political vacuum, a shattered economy and a health crisis.
As shock turns to anger, many are left wondering if the tragedy will bring about any real and lasting change to Lebanon.
- Raghida Dergham is Founder and Executive Chairman of Beirut Institute.
- Randa Slim is Director of Conflict Resolution and Track Two Dialogues Program at the Middle East Institute.
- Sara El-Yafi is a public policy consultant and political activist.
- Ghadi Francis is a Lebanese journalist.
Beirut blast: dozens of historic buildings in Lebanon capital at risk of collapse https://t.co/v6SbA1wss7
— The Guardian (@guardian) August 14, 2020
The explosion in Beirut is one of the largest industrial accidents involving ammonium nitrate, and it hit Lebanon amid the coronavirus pandemic and an economic crisis. https://t.co/njZH9ucTGE
— Nature (@nature) August 11, 2020