WIRED Middle East: As Lebanon’s government steps down, volunteers step up to rebuild


As Lebanon entered the eighth month of 2020, its people were suffering from the worst economic crisis in their country’s modern history. Decades of corruption and economic mismanagement had led to a situation where unemployment was higher than 30 percent, the lira had lost more than 80 percent of its value since October and access to food had become so dire a problem that experts were sounding the alarm about impending deaths from starvation—and even a possible famine.

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