Lebanon Lets Up on Lockdown to Save Failing Economy

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Lebanon began its latest lockdown in mid-November following a surge of COVID-19 cases. Officials began a partial reopening this week that will continue through the end of the year. See our full coronavirus coverage here.

2020 has been especially difficult for Lebanon. Nuna* with Triumphant Mercy says the pandemic and massive explosion in August pushed unstable living conditions over the edge.

“According to some polls, the poverty level in Lebanon is now more than 50-percent and I think it’s growing,” she says.

“People who used to be self-sufficient in a way – at least [getting] enough to get by – now are having to resort to us just to have food on the table.”

Lebanon issued a two-week nationwide lockdown on November 11, closing nearly all businesses and restricting movement with a 12-hour curfew. Thankfully, Triumphant Mercy stayed open.

“We’re partly open, not totally open, but that’s good enough for us. We can do food distribution; we can repair homes [damaged by the August explosion], we can keep the workers working, but we cannot do anything with the kids that come to our center,” Nuna explains.

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth

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