Malak Mazloum (35) with her children Ali (3) and Meera (6). Malak's husband used to bring home USD1000 per month, now just USD100 following the collapse of the currency. The medicine for Meera's intestinal disease is no longer paid for from her husband's army healthcare plan.
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.