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Lebanon is no longer begging for change. Instead, it’s begging to leave.

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“Our lives have become very hard. They burned Lebanon. They burned its economy. They burned their own people.” Merched Bou Mansour reflected aloud, disgusted with what has so quickly become of his country in the space of a year. All three of his sons left the country between 2019 and 2020 for better prospects abroad.

It has been one year since the anti-government protests in Lebanon began on 17 October, 2019. One year of constant turmoil and crises as Lebanon barely had enough time to grasp peace before another tragedy took place, destroying any hopes or goals, and leaving the majority of the population dejected. All talk about any hope for Lebanon’s future seems lost, as a record number of people are so desperate to escape the country.

“If anyone has just an inch of a conscience, there are bodies floating in the sea.” Ali Al-Hosni’s younger brother drowned while trying to escape poverty in Tripoli by means of a rickety fishing boat. They found his body five days later washed up on a shore in the........

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