Issued on: 10/03/2021 - 20:11THE DEBATE © FRANCE 24
Lebanon has seen the value of its currency plunge 85 percent in less than two years. Experts say the Lebanese financial meltdown could pose the biggest threat to stability since the 15-year civil war, which came to an end in 1990. More than half the population is now living below the poverty line. Wages have been slashed and prices are soaring. Adding to the despair, there seems to be no government plan in sight.
There have been growing signs of unrest in recent days: protesters have been setting up roadblocks and burning tyres. With the economic collapse, reported robberies are up 57 percent with people trying to steal food, baby formula or medicine. There's also been an uptick in carjackings and the murder rate has jumped 91 percent in the space of a year.
Produced by Charles Wente, Juliette Laurain and Imen Mellaz.