This week, tragedy struck Lebanon.
Over two thousands tons of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse in Beirut’s port exploded with earth shattering force — ripping apart the center of Beirut – destroying hospitals, businesses, and the homes of an estimated 300,000 people. Hundreds lost their lives. The scale of destruction and toll on the Lebanese people is heartbreaking.
Prior to the explosions, the political, economic, and public health environment within Lebanon was already near collapse — the explosions have exacerbated these underlying crises in a truly unimaginable way. With protestors taking to the streets calling for radical change, and the Prime Minister announcing his resignation, the future of Lebanon is uncertain.
To help us understand the port explosions, coupled with the structural political, economic, and public health issues pushing Lebanon toward collapse, today on the podcast we are joined by Dr. Steven Cook.