Lebanon’s ongoing crisis just hit a new low. Crime already began to rise last year. Now, people are even stealing state property and selling it for scrap metal.
Maintenance hole covers and iron railings are hot commodities, according to Arab News.
“People need [a way to earn money], and if the government is not providing it, they’re taking it by force,” Nuna with Triumphant Mercy Lebanon says.
“People don’t care anymore because people are hungry.”
Lebanon’s economic crisis has pushed two-thirds of the population into poverty since 2019. Desperate times call for desperate measures. For example, a man in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley robbed a bank last month to withdraw his own money.
“They’re stealing electrical wire, electricity poles; they’re stealing all these things, especially at night. It’s completely dark, and nothing will hinder anyone from stealing; there are no alarms, no lights. There’s nothing,” Nuna says.
“We’re hearing of stealing everywhere. We had our generators stolen [in 2021].
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth
CALL TO ACTION
- Ask the Lord to strengthen and encourage Triumphant Mercy Lebanon’s team.
- Pray for Christians to commit to staying in Lebanon in order to spread the Gospel to their neighbors.