Lebanese authorities’ frailty to counter the scathing economic and political crisis since civil war, now as have the country endangered along with the basic rights of its people, Beirut the country’s capital was rocked by two huge deadly explosions, with effects felt beyond city lines. The eye-witnesses stating how the ‘mushroom explosion’ was big enough to have had the entire port put out of proportion, generated waves equivalent to that of a 3.3 magnitude earthquake. The timing of grisly calamity could not have been worse, considering the CoVID19 stricken country’s rapid political and economic decline. Isreal and Hezbollah’s on-going conflict were the first to wallop, in the causation of fatal adversity, until Isreal denied any interference or escalation of any such measures. The wide spread destruction and causalities caused by the blast which said to have been engendered by fire in an armory warehouse, is doubtful, left thousands wounded and dozens killed, added to the misery of Lebanese, where one third of the entire population live below poverty line and unemployment rate being at 25%, the general public’s survival to exist aggravated, as political elite’s long established self-beneficiary policies stand. According to reports, government officials were well-informed of the ammonium nitrate in the warehouse at seaport and the risks it entailed, but incautious to the gravity ofsituation,took no necessary steps.
Journalists delineating how the immensity of demolition jogged the memory of Hiroshima, unequivocally is the biggest explosion seen after the twin cities. But was it really a human error or a deliberate attempt at eradicating country’s peace and its grounds shaken? Or was it another Halifax? The biggest man-made explosion in history that occurred on the morning of 6 December 1917, when a French cargo ship laden with high explosives collided with Norwegian vessel SS jmo in the narrow, a strait connecting the upper Halifax harbor to Bedford basin. A fire on board of the French ship ignited her cargo, causing a massive explosion that devasted the Richmond district of Halifax, leaving behind an approx. Of an estimated 2000 dead and more than 9000 injured. The explosion generated the energy equivalent to a roughly 2.8 kilotons of TNT. There will be more details unfolded with time but for now the tragedy just hangs in the air.
Lebanese economy amidst freefall, the situations now are grimmer then meets the eye. Consecutive lamented governments, complex serpentine partisanship webs that formed after the end of the civil war and so-called creative engineering on behalf of the Lebanese Central Bank resulting in severe consequences that might as well be called a “a Ponzi scheme” orchestrated by Government. Country’s negotiations on the terms of an IMF rescue failing, the Lebanese pound, which was once pegged to the dollar, has lost 80% of its value.
“Lebanon’s people are being robbed of basic rights every day while politicians squabble over the size of the country’s financial losses and hamper efforts at reform,” said Aya Majzoub, Lebanon researcher at Human Rights Watch. “Lebanon should commit to undertaking the difficult but long-overdue reforms that will put its economy back on track and ensure that all residents have access to health care and education.”
Lebanon criminalizimg peaceful speech, and prosecutions against the people who speak up against country’s policies, any possible revolt is snubbed especially since 2015. Despite of pledging against criminalized torture, the torture to people in custodies still is at rife, with no one to be held accountable for.
Lebanon continues to try civilians including children in military court as the country’s discrimination against women, from personal status law to nationality law alongside penal code, despite being active catalysts in every possible aspect of life, women are still behind in having given proper rights and the situation is still obscure to amelioration.
Transgender women confronting systemic violence on daily basis while inequity in accessing basic necessities, including education, employment, health care, and housing makes the life even harder along with mental stress disorders. Lebanon’s health sector struggles to provide the patients with top-priority lifesaving medical treatments due to the absence of government funded finances, amidst coronavirus global crisis, the country’s fate has been dwelling, and economy on a swift drop.
Lebanon’s ongoing conflicts with Israel and repercussions of civil war, that is always striving for an upsurge, have halted country’s progress and region’s peace and progress being at stake now more than ever, it still somehow held it together. Through the atrocious times of war, riots, vandalism, civil disobedience and intervention, it still resisted and triumphed, but at a steady pace is losing its light, with people’s dream dying by an economic implosion, country’s dip after facing massive deadly explosions in the capital under inept governance, will catch momentum.
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