Amid Overwhelming Hopelessness and Economic Depression, Suicide Rates Climb in Lebanon

Near the end of last year, Lebanon experienced a severe economic downturn. As their currency’s value plummeted, unemployment and suicide rates skyrocketed.

Then, the year came to an end. 2020 came along, and with it, a global pandemic.

Just like that, suicide rates all over the world began to climb again. In Lebanon, where refugees have little to call their own and locals are still recovering from a devastated economy, despair is commonplace. Starvation runs rampant.

And when you can’t make ends meet, a disease encroaches on your country, and no one seems to have a tangible solution, what’s the point?

We know the answer: Jesus Christ. But many Lebanese do not have a personal relationship with God. They do not have that hope.

“There is so much so much hardship and depression that people cannot cope with it anymore and decide to end their life,” says Nuna of Triumphant Mercy. “It’s that dramatic.”

More than just the end of COVID-19’s continued spread, Lebanon desperately wants a lasting solution for people who “have no more future in mind, no more sort of a tomorrow.”

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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Alex Anhalt

CALL TO ACTION

  • Pray for those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts in Lebanon.
  • Ask God to sweep unprecedented hope across Lebanon.
  • Thank Him for the tireless work of groups like Triumphant Mercy.