For the Lebanese already afflicted by an economic and political crisis, the destruction of a large part of Beirut is one calamity too many.
“It’s the straw that broke the camel’s back,” says Bluntly Mona Nehme, who experienced the 1958 crisis and the Lebanon war in the 1970s.
The 78-year-old woman who found herself under the rubble of her home in the capital says she saw “the apocalypse” through her window.
“It is a disaster which adds to the plight of the Lebanese,” adds Ramza Jaber Saad, Deputy Secretary General of the Lebanese National Commission for UNESCO.
“I went this morning [mercredi] in the center of the explosion and I run out of words. There was only gray. “
This tragedy comes as Lebanon experiences the worst economic crisis in its history and had to declare bankruptcy in March, not to mention the coronavirus pandemic, monster demonstrations against the government, geopolitical tensions between the neighbors of this small country nicknamed “Switzerland from the Middle-East “.