| 22 April 2024, Monday |

From the happiest to the world saddest people… the Lebanese suffer daily while authorities watching

The Calvary Road, which the Lebanese citizen began to follow in 2019, and continues to follow it today.
This long road, full of life bumps, deadly potholes, and lack of lighting led to the death of a people who was one of the happiest peoples, to become among the ten most tense and saddest peoples in the world.
The unemployment rate in Lebanon is more than 50 percent, and the youth group constitutes the highest percentage, especially among university degree holders. It reaches 35.7%, as there are 235,000 university graduates who obtained their degrees, 90% of whom did not find any job opportunity.
Unemployment has serious repercussions on society, the most dangerous of which is the phenomenon of suicide, which spread in Lebanon in an unprecedented way in 2019, where the number of suicides reached 172 people, which is the highest number compared to the past seven years.

As for the year 2020, the number of suicides decreased to 150, as the spread of the Corona epidemic led to the strengthening of social solidarity, which eased the pressures.
The suicide rate continued to decline in 2021, reaching 119.
This decrease is the result of the intensive work of associations specialized in mental health.
The explosion of the port of Beirut was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
According to a study conducted by the Lebanese American University, it was found that 16.17 percent of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 have suffered from severe depression since the explosion.
And 40.95 percent of women suffer from PTSD.
The study indicated that 59.5 percent of those who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder are from the poorest category, and this has led to an increase in the proportion of consumption of antidepressants and sedatives by 20 percent compared to previous years.
Economically, the World Bank classified the economic collapse that Lebanon is going through as “the most severe in the world”, and placed it among the three most difficult economic and social crises recorded in modern history.
Despite all these calamities, the authority stands by and watch, unable to put in place a strict plan of action to stop the bleeding of unemployment, and the deterioration of living conditions so that the Lebanese can enjoy a life they deserve.

  • Sawt Beirut International