She broke into a bank branch, taking $13,000 from her trapped savings amid strict limits on withdrawals set by Lebanese banks. She said she needed the money to fund her sister's cancer treatment.
Lebanese voted for a new parliament Sunday against the backdrop of an economic meltdown that is transforming the country.
"If we didn't lead this fight, nobody would," says a Beirut resident whose 3-year-old daughter was among the 217 killed in the blast. An official investigation has stalled. No one has been prosecuted.
A coronavirus surge is overwhelming hospitals, leading doctors to tell families to care for sick loved ones at home instead. Health workers fear New Year's parties could have led to further spikes.
Dangerous sea crossings are occurring in unprecedented numbers. "I can't believe that we've become that country where people feel like they have to escape," says a Lebanese software engineer.
The fire erupts at a warehouse storing oil and tires in the port's duty-free zone, sending waves of fear through the devastated city. By early Thursday evening, the fire was reportedly under control.
After 72 hours of searching the wreckage of a collapsed building in the Lebanese capital, the Chilean rescue team leading the operation has said they were unable to find a survivor in the rubble.
The effort was launched after a sniffer dog named Flash signaled to his Chilean search and rescue team that someone might be alive under a pile of concrete and debris.
Since the Aug. 4 blast, the number of COVID-19 cases has increased by some 220%, according to the International Rescue Committee. The country is also coping with damage to medical facilities.
"Lebanese people have to help each other in the absence of a functioning state," says Hussein Kazoun of Nation Station, a volunteer disaster relief effort operating out of an abandoned gas station.