“A troubled and forgotten neighborhood, devastated by poverty, were children eat trash, and its residents can’t afford food,” said a resident of al-Tanak neighborhood and added, “Politicians and deputies do not pay any attention to our neighborhood, except during parliamentary elections.”
In an interview with Sawt Beirut International (SBI) reporter Ibrahim Fatfat, the resident said: “Al-Tanak neighborhood is the most afflicted area in Lebanon, as the walls of the houses are cracked and the ceilings are flowless. It is shameful that we continue to talk about our situation without anyone hearing us, although we are Lebanese.” He added that they are experiencing a tragedy amid the outages of medicine, power, and the high rates of unemployment. “We are dying slowly,” he said.
Al-Tanak’s resident wished to emigrate to any other country, and about Eid al-Adha, he said, “How can I buy clothes and toys for my children, but rather how can I bring for them toys from the garbage. Our pain is huge and the complaint to other than God is humiliating.”
“The minimum human right is education, and we are unable to secure it for our children amid these stressful concerns,” the resident said. He added: “Look at my children, and my mother, I cannot secure neither education nor medicine for them. Look at my neighbors, they cannot buy food and milk for their children.”
The resident said: “We are living a miserable life, let the ruling parties fear God. Christians, Sunni, Shiite, and Druze are living in tragedy, and the officials have instilled sectarianism.” He said that they hold the Lebanese identity, and that they don’t distinguish between religion and sect.
He concluded: “Lebanese people are suffering and need officials that can save them and have mercy on them.”