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LEBANON-SECURITY/BLAST-NEIGHBOURHOOD
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August 15, 2020
In one of Beirut's poorest neighbourhoods, Karantina near the port, people are still reeling from the...
Beirut, Lebanon
The Wider Image: 'We lost everything:' Grieving Beirut neighbourhood struggles to rebuild
In one of Beirut's poorest neighbourhoods, Karantina near the port, people are still reeling from the explosion that flattened homes and killed many neighbours who felt like family. Everyone knows everyone. Everyone cried when they recalled the explosion. A week later, the neighbours are struggling to find the money to rebuild, without help from the state in a city that was already deep in economic collapse. The warehouse explosion killed at least 172 people, wounded thousands and ravaged entire districts. It shattered walls and ripped out balconies in Karantina, a neglected part of the capital. The cluster of streets, with a slaughterhouse and a waste plant, saw one of the bloodiest massacres of Lebanon's 1975-1990 civil war. Many said the blast did more damage in a few seconds than 15 years of war. With the wreckage at their doorstep once more, families who have spent decades in Karantina have camped out in their apartments. They sleep on the floor or on ripped couches, without doors or windows, not sure how to go on. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY SEARCH "KARANTINA NEIGHBOURHOOD" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. Matching Text: LEBANON-SECURITY/BLAST-NEIGHBOURHOOD
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