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FROM THE FIELD: Port explosion which ‘burnt hearts’ of Beirut residents

Youth volunteers help to clear the rubble clean-up in Mar-Mikhael, one of the areas worst hit by the blast., by OCHA Lebanon

“This explosion burnt our hearts”, says 40-year-old Farah. She is one of the Beirut citizens who agreed to be interviewed by a UN video team, on one of the streets most damaged by the explosion, and reflect on the disaster that befell the city on 4 August.

Even before the explosion, Lebanon was facing grave difficulties, struggling with civil unrest, increasing poverty and unemployment, as well as soaring numbers of COVID-19 cases.

Read more here about despite feelings of despair and hopelessness many people are determined to look towards a brighter future.

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