Fouad Ibrahim (13 months) stands near containers of drinking water that his family have delivered to the damp cellar where they live in Saida. Inflation surpassed 137 percent in August 2021 which makes even basic living almost unaffordable.
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.