Rebecca Collard is a freelance journalist based in Beirut.
Until recently, it was mostly Syrian and Palestinian refugees making the trip across the Mediterranean Sea. But increasingly, Lebanese citizens are filling the boats.
Of the many buildings destroyed by the blast at Beirut’s port, thousands are heritage structures now at risk of extreme disrepair. The city could lose its unique architectural richness.
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Human rights advocates say the migrants have little to no recourse, and that the situation is bound to deteriorate further as more people in the country cannot afford to pay domestic workers. The coronavirus restrictions also complicate matters.
Lebanese protesters are back in the streets with increasing desperation as the country sinks.
Some Americans in Lebanon are looking at the US and say they feel safer staying in Beirut, despite the challenges there.
Months of anti-government protests have eroded the popularity and legitimacy of Lebanon's traditional political parties. But the novel coronavirus has given them a chance to get it back by launching their own health and sanitation campaigns.
Almost everything Lebanon consumes is imported — and COVID-19 has struck as Lebanon slides deeper into an already bad financial crisis brought on by government corruption and mismanagement.
The campaign has pushed more than a dozen political leaders out of restaurants, malls and other venues in the past few months.
Since October, anti-government protesters have been in the streets demanding the fall of Lebanon’s sectarian-based government system. That hasn’t happened, but protesters say they’ve succeeded in creating and reclaiming public space.
Some Venezuelans of Lebanese descent are reverse-migrating, fleeing Venezuela's economic crisis and finding refuge in the country of their ancestors.