A man sells balloons on Beirut's fashionable, and now unlit, corniche which has become the only place many can afford to visit for recreation in the city. The national grid is now providing only one or two hours of electricity per day.
Following political collapse and the pandemic, the Lebanese economy plunged, wiping out 90% of people's savings and resulting in massive inflation. The ammonium nitrate explosion in August 2020 killed over 200 people and accelerated the country's economic collapse. The impact on the struggling healthcare system has been disastrous.