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Lebanon: the ghost districts of the port of Beirut still abandoned


REPORT - Since the gigantic deglaration of August 4, 2020, which killed 200 people, the port of Beirut has struggled to heal its wounds.


In the poorly lit night, three tables are occupied on the terrace of Lost, a hotel in Gemmayzé.

The guests talk about the incessant power cuts, the hellish queues at gas stations, the shortage of medicines.

In Gemmayzé or Mar Mikhaël, two of the districts most affected by the explosion at the port of Beirut, life has taken over.

Bars and restaurants have reopened.

Even the art galleries, which have made these districts a miniature Marsh, have revived.

“To continue to set up exhibitions represents an act of cultural resistance in the face of all that we are experiencing,”

defends Lina Kyriakos, who runs the Sfeir-Semler gallery, in Quarantine, near the port.

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But this return to normal is only appearance: the reconstruction of the disaster area is still in its early stages.

Certainly, the associations, which took charge of its rehabilitation when the State was unable to do so, have done

"extraordinary work"

, as Jad points out.

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Source: lefigaro

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