As Lebanon marks the second anniversary of a devastating explosion in the Port of Beirut, observers say little progress has been made on an explanation, and many citizens are angry at the lack of answers. Meanwhile, the country’s social and economic crises are worsening.
A hunger crisis was already underway because of the 2020 explosion in the Port of Beirut, but now it is worse because the war in Ukraine has curtailed grain exports to Lebanon.
On August 4, 2020, in the city of Beirut in Lebanon, in the midst of an already tense situation among the people, in the midst of the pandemic, 2,750 tons of ammonium nitrate which was stored in the city’s port exploded.
Marking the one-year anniversary of a deadly explosion in Beirut, Pope Francis said Lebanon needs concrete help — not just words — from the international community so it can emerge once again as a symbol of fraternity and peace for the Middle East.