On the 5th of August, an explosion occured in Beirut, Lebanon which shook the whole country. As a nation, Lebanon had been going through its most exceedingly terrible financial crisis in decades, combined with increasing coronavirus rates. Many people have a lot to say, not only in Lebanon but all over the world.
On this episode of The Safe Space, a few Nigerians shared their opinions on the explosion which occured in Lebanon. Here’s what they shared with us.
I watched the video and my mouth fell open. It is absolutely horrible. I heard that this whole thing is as a result of some loose ends. It seems like some chemical compounds had been stored somewhere and the place caught fire. It’s sad innocent people had to pay with their lives.
I don’t know about you but it almost seems like the start of World War 3 to me. I don’t know who or for what reason but Beirut was a target. It was a bomb or missile but it was definitely intentional.
It was very scary for me, still is. I was on the phone with someone in Lebanon and the next thing I heard was “we have to go down to the bunker”. I didn’t even know people there have bunkers. The thought of anything bad happening to him gave me panic attacks, and that’s me who wasn’t even there. I can’t imagine how it is for people there right now.
Over a 100 people have died, about 5,000 people are injured and thousands of people have been displaced. I don’t even know how many people are missing but it seems like a lot. What I don’t understand is why the government is refusing foreign aid. From what I heard, France sent aids to help with finding the missing people but they were sent back.
I understand that the people are angry with the government however, they are only endangering their lives by protesting. I’ve seen videos of protesters being hit with tear gas and injured. Let’s not forget about COVID-19. I feel like cases will definitely rise in Lebanon over the next couple of weeks.
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