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Before the blast, corruption had brought Lebanon to its knees

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To truly understand the lasting impact of the explosion that tore through the heart of Lebanon’s capital on Tuesday, it’s important to turn back the clock to the day before.

Before thousands of windows were shattered across the city and the hills beyond, Lebanon had already endured a series of shockwaves that left it transformed beyond all recognition.

Before an untold number of livelihoods were lost, the country was already in the midst of an unprecedented economic collapse that had destroyed its middle class and forced the poor into destitution. Some economists predict the poverty rate could rise to as high as 80 per cent.

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Before Beirut was plunged into darkness by the explosion, much of the country was lucky to receive more than a few hours of electricity a day due to the cash-stricken government’s inability to afford enough fuel. On the morning of the blast, dozens of protesters had stormed the energy ministry in protest over increased power rationing.

Before the blast sent cancer patients fleeing from their wards in the badly damaged hospitals, those medical facilities were already overwhelmed by a pandemic that was worsening by the day. The country........

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