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A country in crisis: Lebanon 1 year after the Beirut blast

A year after Beirut’s deadly port explosion, Lebanon’s economy is in freefall and protesters have hit the streets. Journalist Rebecca Collard gives us the backstory.
A man and a woman standing in a crowd, both wearing masks and holding their fists in the air. The man has his arm around the woman's waist.
Tracy and Paul Naggear, the parents of three-year-old Alexandra, who was killed in last year's massive blast at Beirut's seaport, chant slogans during a protest outside the home of Interior Minister Mohamed Fehmi in Beirut, Lebanon, on July 13. A year after the deadly blast, families of the victims are consumed with winning justice for their loved ones and punishing Lebanon's political elite, blamed for causing the disaster through corruption and neglect. (Bilal Hussein/The Associated Press)

A year after Beirut's deadly port explosion, protesters have hit the streets as Lebanon's economy continues to plummet. Half of the population lives in poverty, and while the international community has promised $370 million US in humanitarian aid, the country's leadership remains unable to make the financial reforms needed to unlock more badly needed assistance.

Journalist Rebecca Collard shares her view from Beirut, then explains how historical mismanagement and corruption led Lebanon down this dangerous path. 

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