Under the headline ‘Lebanon’s poor do not have the luxury to stay at home,’ Caroline Akum writes in Asharq Al-Awsat newspaper:
After 3 weeks of general mobilization imposed by the government in Lebanon to reduce the outbreak of the Corona epidemic, here is life returning to normal in the streets of a number of regions. From Beirut to Tripoli, Saida, and other cities, traffic appears normal in the past two days, at a stage where citizens are supposed to be committed to the procedures that protect them from an epidemic that no longer distinguishes between large and small, poor and rich. But in Lebanon, where the poor do not have the “luxury” of the house stone that will make him unable to secure a livelihood for himself and his children, he has no choice but to risk his life, choosing between starving to death or contracting a virus.
The mayor of Tripoli, Riyadh Yamq, summarizes the reality by abbreviating by “Al-Sharq Al-Awsat”: “When we ask people to stay in their homes, their answer is: Secure us for our living,” adding: “After the government set a curfew period from five in the evening, people went out during the day to do With their deeds. ” Pending the start of the implementation steps of the government plan, the Tripoli municipality is working to secure about 30,000 shares out of 50,000, which the city’s families need, but it is not enough for more than 20 days, according to Yamq.
With the dissatisfaction expressed by some of the pictures and scenes that were reported on the media and social media to these Lebanese who went out of public order of mobilization, the director of the “social movement”, Tammam Marwa, sees that “leaving the citizens out of their homes and not observing the house quit is not for entertainment and does not mean that they are Unaware of the dangers they expose and expose their families to, but they find themselves in front of the option of choosing between the hunger of their children and the risk of contracting the virus, knowing that hunger will be imperative if they commit to their homes without work, but they consider that if they do the necessary protection for themselves s D succeed in removing the specter of disease from them ».
Marwa considers that providing material assistance to families, in addition to cards in which they buy their needs, remains the best means for them and preserves their dignity away from the attempts to exploit from this or that party. Here, too, it is pointed out that the provision of material sums will save effort and money in the course followed from tenders for the purchase of necessities, to storing them, storing them and delivering them to the people, so that only a few sums remain to be spent on the aid that reaches the families.
Source: Middle East