Lebanon has been experiencing multiple crises, all at once, including in its energy sector. As a consequence, the misery of the people of this tiny Mediterranean county just reached new, yet sadly expected, dark levels. Related to this, Bambi would like to start this short post by thanking her friends in Ontario and Québec for reaching out concerned about her family in Lebanon. Thank you/Merci!
First, you can watch if you wish, a France24 news documentary on the blackout.
Below this video, you can see (and it is heart-breaking for Bambi) another Wion short news documentary on the financial crisis related to the crash of the banking sector.
Hyperinflation in Lebanon has reached exponential levels. Just to give you a concrete example, in Beirut today, a whole chicken (of a rather small-to-medium size) now costs the equivalent of Canadian $125. Can you imagine?! As the currency lost over 90% of its value, MOST of the population cannot afford neither meat nor chicken for a long time now… including the country’s own army!
As the journalist explained, no electricity means no water or access to water… and likely no internet/access to the internet as well.
The blackout is expected to last for a few days (2-3, they seem to say, if the fuel from Iraq arrives on time and its inspection shows its good quality , etc). Bambi’s heart is with Lebanon and its people whomever they are, wherever they are… of course, starting with her own family and her loved ones (relatives and childhood friends). Bon courage! Be SAFE!
To conclude, also as the journalist explained, Lebanon is now in intense negotiations with the International Monetary Fund (IMF). BEST wishes!!