‘Our hell’: One year on from Lebanon’s October Revolution, the best option for many is leaving

‘There are two classes of people left in Lebanon, those stuck in a deep hole and those looting the country’ activist tells Bel Trew

Friday 16 October 2020 14:47
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Lebanese demonstrators gather around a new giant sign of a fist that bears the Arabic word "revolution" on it Beirut's Martyr's Square
Lebanese demonstrators gather around a new giant sign of a fist that bears the Arabic word "revolution" on it Beirut's Martyr's Square

Had Rula Stephan not made the last-minute decision to take her children to church on the evening of Tuesday 4 August, they might have all been killed.

Her husband, the sole family member to stay home, only survived because he went to the roof to look at a fire which loomed above Beirut port just a few hundred metres in front of him.

The mother-of-five and an activist says it was a “miracle” the devastating pressure wave threw him backwards across the width of the building, otherwise he would have plunged to his death.

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