Lebanon: End of the Illusion – The Inexorable Collapse of Lebanon – DER SPIEGEL

Meanwhile, in Tripoli as elsewhere in the country, people have been left to their own devices. Only a few private soup kitchens are providing for the growing number of needy, but they are having trouble soliciting donations. “We distribute food to neighborhoods we’ve never been to before, where no one has ever gone hungry,” says Fida Hajjeh, the manager of the NGO Sanabel Nour. “There are so many people crowding in front of our distribution site that we have had to call the army at times to contain the crowd. But then the officers demanded bribes from us. Now, we’ve hired security guards.”

Source: Lebanon: End of the Illusion – The Inexorable Collapse of Lebanon – DER SPIEGEL