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With Beirut we are,

Never did we forsake it,

In the name of Allah we ask for its blossom

And for its people - safety.

May Almighty Lord be merciful to its neighbours,

May He give them pleasure,

We hope that they meet their families together,

In the paradise and forever.

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Mar. 03, 2021 | 12:12 PM (Last Updated: March 03, 2021 | 12:45 PM)

'How I can feed my family now?': Lebanese protest for second day

 
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SIDON, Lebanon: Hundreds of Lebanese gathered in cities across Lebanon Wednesday, protesting for a second straight day against the crippling depreciation of the local currency and soaring unemployment.

The Lebanese pound sunk to a new record low this week, trading at LL10,000 and sparking nationwide protests which blamed the ruling political elite for rampant corruption and mismanagement. Most dealers, though, stopped selling dollars. The pound hit a record low of LL9,800 last July.

In the southern port city of Sidon, angry protestors blocked early Wednesday a section of the highway linking Beirut to south Lebanon over deteriorating living conditions and the unchecked rise of the dollar.

Ali, a carpenter based in the southern city, said he had to shut down his business despite having a family of three.

“How can I feed my family now? I am forced to beg for money,” he told The Daily Star.

Protestors allowed trucks loaded with bread and gas tanks to cross blocked roads.

“There are poor people like us who need bread, which they will soon be unable to afford. These politicians took us back to the stone age!” Ali added.

As residents have grown tired of falling victim to a corrupt ruling class, protests erupted across the country late Tuesday and continued in some areas Wednesday morning, they echoed the same sentiment: they are hungry and can no longer afford basic necessities. Many demand the prompt enactment of sound economic policies which would yield improvements to their daily quality of life.

Another protestor, Mahmoud Abu Soltaniyeh, 54, expressed his rage at Lebanon’s political elite, especially President Michel Aoun.

“I collect iron, tin and plastic [scrap] to sell them. When we head to the doctor’s office, you put us, Mr. President, in front of three options: we die of hunger, or we steal to live or push our wives to prostitution.”

Lebanon’s political and financial elite have made addresses promising to stabilize the Lebanese pound, but their statements fell on the deaf ears of a population exhausted by empty pledges after the minimum monthly wage is now worth $68.

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Lebanon is already destroyed, you can survive only if you have a business outside, family Living outside or working in a private company that have a good relationship with another countries. Many are immigrating to another countries and these politics (May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) curse them) doesn’t care at all. And till now many Lebanese people love their politics.

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Bismehe Ta3ala 

Assalam Alikum brother 

While it is true corruption is deep rooted in this country, there are the momineen who are striving to help their communities and do what they can to serve their countrymen.

The Shias of Lebanon have come very far from what they were as the mustadth3feen and now a strong, hard working, powerful group.

It's important to understand history and the geopolitical aspect of the region.  We are currently facing many complications, but our reliance is to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and each and everyone of us has responsibilities (to the best of our ability) towards helping the neighbors, relatives and the community at large.

People are on survival mode, there is no denying that fact.  

M3 Salamah, FE AMIN ALLAH 

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