The Lebanese people are struggling with dire living conditions they had never encountered before. Successive crises have taken their toll on all sectors and the skyrocketing prices resulting from the high U.S. dollar exchange rate are no longer bearable.
Sawt Beirut International (SBI) reporter Sara Chehadeh has conveyed the cry of despair of a citizen who said he hasn’t been able to sell 10 kg of meat for a week. The man, who works in a meat shop, said in a rebuke to politicians: “May God inflict on them a great misfortune. They took away our right.”
“I’m from Sidon. Where shall I get hard currency from? I’m not even earning the national currency. We live one day at a time. How can I pay the shop’s rent and the electricity bill? When a customer learns that one kg of meat is for 110,000 Lebanese pounds, he leaves the shop and opts for ‘Mjaddara’ instead but even ‘Mjaddara” has become expensive.”
“What do lawmakers eat? Do they slaughter sheep?” he asked, and requested that their fridges be photographed so he would see what they are eating “because we can’t find what to eat.”
“My voice has been conveyed to the residents of Sidon and the whole country – whether Palestinians, Christians or Sunnis. We are brothers and we will remain as such. We will force them to leave this country.”