Salaries are not enough, hummus is like caviar … Rodage is on the way to Hell


Hiyam Al-Qasifi wrote in Al-Akhbar newspaper under the headline “The year of collapse and humiliation:” Rodage “on the way to Hell:” In a small land, a big hole in it, “iron gallons, eaten by rust, filled with gasoline. It is protected by dirt so as not to start a fire, but it does not come out of its place until a replacement is safe. On the Beirut-Damascus road, a family taxi traveled to the Australian embassy in Damascus. Lebanese go to it, with all the hardships, and stand in line since the night hours to obtain a visa. A similar scene for those standing in line at dawn in front of the ovens. Mazot crisis threatens factories and hospitals. “For travel reasons” Classified ads for cars, apartments and land for sale, postponement of weddings, calls for donations of food aid, Western companies close their offices in Beirut, and the start of offers for apartments in Paris, before Cyprus becomes the destination. It is Beirut in 1975 and its aftermath in the civil war.

Plastic petrol gallons, immigration applicants stand in front of embassies, as at petrol stations, advertisements for sale are online, Lebanon ramps up aid. It is Beirut in 2020, the tragedy has been the same for 45 years, although life was better then today in many ways, after adding the collapse of the Lebanese pound, electricity cuts, polluted water, waste, stolen money, years of waste and corruption.
After the First and Second World Wars, research centers and universities studied social variables and behaviors that had arisen or were absent. Much has been written about the collapse of social classes, the growth of a class of wealthy people in war and the black market, changing food and life habits, sexual and family relations, the faltering labor market, cafes and the quality of cigarette paper, songs that reflected with their dark words from which countries emerged from war. In Lebanon, the current year is parallel to what these countries have lived, in the intensity of the changes that have overthrown the way of life and money of the Lebanese people, and all their details need to be studied.

What has changed in the conditions of the Lebanese since the rise in the price of the dollar until today? Simply everything. The Lebanese dietary habits are changing: Putting high prices on a scientific table does not reflect the tragedy of those who are unable to secure meat, chicken, fish, milk, cheese and fruits. Lebanese are turning away from the importer, forcing contradict the theories of some politicians who theorize about local goods and are known to the luxury import shops. An engineer whose salary was relatively high, she said that she felt helpless when she denied her right to choose European cheese, imported refrigerated meat, or chocolate. Our folk tales about the delicacies of winter nights must change, and with it the pride of the Lebanese in their food, because the hummus with tahini tomorrow will become like caviar before the price of sesame rises or stops. Fayrouz’s song about her grandmother “raisins and fizzy nuts” no longer matches what the Governor of the Banque du Liban decided, and the prices of pine nuts, almonds, walnuts, nuts and flavorings toppled the requirements of the barbara, Christmas, mushrooms, Eid al-Adha and other holidays. In the past, the “gourma” industry was a fraud against poverty to store meat cooked for all seasons of the year. Today a woman is stocking it, because buying good and reliable meat may not remain available in the coming months for a family of four who the father works alone in. We did not see this in the war except during the phase of the devaluation of the pound in the 1980s and the harsh battles. Currently, you will find an employee who has turned the hobby of fishing and birdsong into a business that lasts for him and his family for a week, along with his salary. ” aClick here.


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