Lebanon’s geography means it’s blessed with water but in the capital, Beirut, and its surrounding areas more than a million and a half people suffer from serious water shortages. It’s a story of chronic mismanagement in a country that has so many problems… Economically, financially and politically. Martin Patience reports.
It’s been a busy few weeks in the region and in the wake of recent events in the West bank, Gaza and Jerusalem there has been massive call for stories from all aspects of the conflict. Correspondent Martin Patience and I were tasked with doing a wider piece about the growing regional support for the Palestinian cause in the wake of what has happened.
On August 4th the Lebanese capital Beirut was hit by a man made disaster. An explosion so devastating great swathes of the city were destroyed. In this strange mid-pandemic world deploying to a disaster isn’t as straight forward as it used to be 2 flights and 2 covid-19 tests in 24 hours and I was finally there to join the gathering team. This was the first major foreign deployment since the pandemic started and we were all feeling our way through it.