| 29 February 2024, Thursday |

High cost of living triggers outcry from Sidon residents

“We cannot find medicine or milk. Isn’t it wrong to have such products hidden only to be disposed of upon expiry? Fear God! The people have gone hungry,” a woman living in the Lebanese southern city of Sidon said as she tried to convey her agony through Sawt Beirut International (SBI).

Another man also said he has stopped fishing because the fishing nets’ cost became expensive, noting that he is selling vegetables now.

“How will the poor be able to buy one kilo of lemon for 12,000 Lebanese pounds, cherry for 12,000 LBP, banana for 8,000 LBP and potato for 7,000 LBP? What’s a breadwinner is supposed to do?” he asked.

“The children of (Lebanese) officials are well-off but this doesn’t apply to our children,” a woman told SBI reporter Sara Chehadeh, adding “we cannot pay for a bus to take our children to school.”

A little girl then interrupted the woman and said she doesn’t have internet to be able to study online and that’s why she keeps failing in class, adding that her father is barely making money.

  • Sawt Beirut International