Expats fill suitcases with medicine, cash for families in Lebanon | Business and Economy News

Expats fill suitcases with medicine, cash for families in Lebanon | Business and Economy News

Youth leader Karim Safieddine and journalist Azza el-Masri on ways out of Lebanon’s economic and political crises. As shortages worsen in Lebanon, families now depend on expats to bring life-saving medicine, hygiene products, and cash. Beirut, Lebanon – 23-year-old Hadi Chalhoub emigrated from Lebanon to Atlanta, Georgia, just days after the Beirut Port explosion last August. Almost one year later, the interior architect returned to the crisis-ridden country to see family and friends, his suitcase filled to the brim with painkillers, diabetes medicine, eye drops, and other pills and tablets. “I had to put the meds in small bottles so they all fit,” Chalhoub told Al Jazeera. “It was a huge bag of medicine.” In less than two years, Lebanon’s economy has been brought to the brink of collapse. The devaluation of the Lebanese pound – which has lost 90 percent of its value against the dollar since late 2019 – and a lack of foreign currency have made it difficult for Lebanese importers to pay foreign suppliers, which has led to severe shortages in medicines and other goods. Horrified …
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