The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned this Friday that the seriousness of the economic crisis in Lebanon “raised the alarm” and asked politicians and the country’s financial sector to work on a more unified way to protect the most vulnerable to ensure vulnerable populations.
“This situation is quickly getting out of control, many are already helpless and are starving as a direct result of this crisis,” he regretted before pointing out that “the alarm was triggered and must be answered immediately before it is too late”. .
He argued that “the increasing economic shocks along with the COVID-19 pandemic have affected all areas of society”. “Many have lost their jobs, they have seen the savings of their lives gone before their eyes, and they have lost their homes,” he said.
“In these situations, it is often the poorest and weakest who suffer the most. Hundreds of families cannot afford to put food on the table. Their situation will only worsen if imports and food imports are reduced and devalued The Lebanese pound has greatly increased the cost of imported goods, “he said.