Lebanon has been plagued by chronic electricity shortages for since the country’s civil war that ended in 1990, but in recent weeks the situation has gotten exponentially worse, in what some fear will become the new normal.
Samira Hanna, 70, washes dishes in her kitchen as she uses a portable electric light due to a power cut, in Beirut, Lebanon July 6, 2020. Picture taken July 6, 2020. (Reuters)
Crisis could be ongoing
Lebanese demonstrators block the entrance of the electricity company in the southern city of Sidon (Saida) on November 12, 2019, during ongoing anti-government demonstrations. (AFP)
Employees of the Electricite du Liban (Electricity Of Lebanon) national company look out of their windows at students gathering for an anti-government demonstration outside, in the southern city of Sidon on November 6, 2019. (AFP)
The “generator mafia”
This Monday, July 16, 2018, photo shows Mamdouh al-Amari oiling privately-owned diesel generators that provide power to homes and businesses, in the southern suburbs of Beirut, Lebanon. (AP)