From a Reuters article (https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/lebanon-currency-drops-new-low-financial-meltdown-deepens-2021-06-13/) we learn that “Lebanon’s currency crashed past a milestone on Sunday reaching a new low against the dollar, as the country’s financial meltdown and political deadlock linger”.
In addition, we read the following: “market dealers said the Lebanese pound was trading at around 15,150 to the dollar, losing around 90% of what it was worth in late 2019”.
Given all this, it is not surprising that some Lebanese hospitals are now “ruling out elective procedures and only performing emergency surgeries to ration what is left of medical supplies”.
Moreover, the majority of pharmacies closed their doors to stage a two-day-strike because medications run out. Indeed, Bambi’s parents have been recently visiting up to 10 different pharmacies in Beirut in order to find their badly needed medication.
Even gas is running out. Sadly, Lebanon lacks a fully functional transportation system. Luckily, some citizens are increasingly relying on a “Vespa” or their bike to get to work. Of note, both citizens and their hospitals need gas to keep their generators turned on because the government’s power is available only for a few hours per day (and this is not a new story!).
According to Reuters, “hours long car queues for gasoline have frustrated motorists causing squabbles”. Sure the latter is frustrating, but for Bambi, perhaps the most disturbing part of this article is the the endless irresponsibility of the Lebanese political “leaders”: “The financial collapse is taking place against a backdrop of fractious politicians bickering over cabinet formation”!
To conclude, Bambi is lacking words to end this post. What can she say more about this ongoing Lebanese tragedy, ranked among the world’s three worst since 1850s (https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/world-bank-lebanons-crisis-worlds-worst-1850s-78013372)? If you do not mind, she would like end this post, devoted to her birth country, with a famous song by Fairuz, which is entitled “I love you Lebanon” (sub-titled in English)…