BEIRUT: After a year of monetary, political and social chaos, few in Lebanon believe the crisis-wracked country’s circumstance will improve in the coming 12 months, while growing numbers fear their plight will worsen considerably.
“Our country is broken,” stated Rima Al-Khatib, who works in the banking sector, describing a year in which her dad died and the family was unable to wish him in the mosque since of a nationwide lockdown at the time.
Al-Khatib informed Arab News that she “remains in a state of denial about whatever that happened this year.”
“I do not wish to review it because it is too unpleasant,” she said.
With university and health research studies in recent weeks showing alarming levels of anxiety and anxiety in young and old alike, it is clear couple of individuals have any expectations, let along dreams, for the brand-new year.
One psychological health survey concluded that as much as 16 percent of people aged 18-24 experience serious anxiety, while 41 percent of women still experience post-traumatic stress in the wake of the Beirut port blast.
On the other hand, lockdowns enforced to stop the spread of the coronavirus impacted the psychological health of 41 percent of the individuals in another study, with a more survey declaring 9.5 percent of the population danger becoming depressed due to the fact that of the nation’s dire economic circumstance.
Al-Khatib stated that she will never forget the day of the port surge.
“I was in my cars and truck on the roadway and a balcony fell from a building in front of me,” she remembered.
Al-Khatib said that lots of Lebanese believe the nation “has been hijacked by a terrorist company.”
“Our salaries have lost their value. Now foods are priced according to the banks’ dollar exchange rate.
“Lebanon has actually lost its location in the region and I do not know if it can regain it.”
Majed Baitmouni, a market trader, stated that the previous year “pulled me back 40 years, economically and morally.”
He said: “They federal government has brought us only disasters, and the coronavirus made things even worse. I had to close my bag store in Beirut since vendors desire me to pay my rent in dollars, so I returned their items and received the last blow. I have hardly any money left and can refrain from doing anything except sell vegetables and fruit in my local area. My wife and kids assisted me, however rather of earning a profit, my financial obligations increased.”
Baitmouni said he no longer trusts the political leaders.
Abdullah Sultan, who owns an iron factory, said he believes the scenario will get worse in the new year.
“My priority is for my kids to leave this country. My grandmother utilized to inform us that things would improve soon. I do not want to say the same thing. The problem lies in the foundations of the nation and individuals– these can not be changed,” he said.
Assima Ramadan, an office worker, said that 2020 had left her separated, and she feared the new year would be worse.
“My husband and I lost our life cost savings in the banks when their worth collapsed. We hoped to cope with self-respect when we age, but now we will have to fear illness and the future. Because of the pandemic I have actually ended up being afraid to walk outdoors. It is a sensation of vulnerability and frustration, and I do not know how to eliminate it.”
University professor Aref Al-Abd said the previous year had dealt Lebanon “a deadly blow,” adding: “What can I do to have a dignified life with my family?”
Financial and political deterioration will result in a deterioration in security, he said.
“What is left of Lebanon? They struck banks, hospitals, universities, and there is fear they will strike coexistence. What happened in the port of Beirut is frightening.”
Sarah Fakhry, a young attorney focusing on business law, stated that she had supported protests against the “corrupt judgment authority” in the nation.
“However things ended up being even worse. The explosion at the Beirut port added to my worries. The state did not take duty for the victims.”
Now the business that employ Fakhry, including big corporations, are dealing with closure.
“People are filing claims versus the banks, however they do not rely on the judiciary,” she said. “I am one of those who has actually prepared their migration documents again. I used to live in France and went back to Lebanon five years ago since life abroad is difficult. Now I will not recall.
“The future in Lebanon is dark, and I do not want to be part of it.”