Faces of the crisis

Portraits from a city on the brink of collapse

High above, perched on a hilltop, a fortress named for a Crusader commander looms. In the markets below, some pitched under Ottoman-era arches, vendors sell the widest selection of crafts and traditional goods in the country. Despite the bustling streets, most Tripoli shopkeepers don’t make more than a few dollars a day. The river that cuts through Lebanon’s largest northern city is caked with garbage. Children, their faces smudged with dirt, make up a considerable part of the workforce. Signs of poverty are rampant. In recent weeks, the situation facing the city’s residents has become more severe. Since October 17, Lebanon has been in the throes of a financial and political crisis that has toppled the government of Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri and paralyzed the country’s economy.

CNN: https://edition.cnn.com/interactive/2019/12/world/lebanon-crisis-portraits-cnnphotos/index.html