Lebanese step up in face of state neglect after blasts

Lebanese volunteers are stepping up to clear debris and help others repair their homes and businesses while the government flounders in its response to twin explosions that killed 110 and wounded thousands others. – EPA pic, August 6, 2020.

IN Beirut’s beloved bar districts, hundreds of young Lebanese ditched beers for brooms yesterday to sweep debris in the absence of a state-sponsored cleanup operation following a deadly blast.

“What state?” scoffed 42-year-old Melissa Fadlallah, a volunteer cleaning up the hard-hit Mar Mikhail district of the Lebanese capital.

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