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Stalked by poverty and hunger, Lebanon loses any remaining sense of glamour

Lebanon’s economic crisis, compounded by but not rooted in the coronavirus lockdown, means many people can no longer afford food

By Lizzie Porter  

A Hezbollah food distribution centre. When the state fails, political forces step in. Photo: Lizzie Porter

Behind a rough metal door, and rows of washing hanging up to dry, Fatima Khaled Al-Saad sits on a sagging grey sofa and leans forward to speak.

“The way people have started to think is, ‘what am I going to eat today?’” she says. Her 13-year-old son Abdallah was diagnosed with a brain tumour five years ago, forcing his mother to give up work as a teacher. Frail, he now lies…

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