The Outspoken Narrative is a docuseries that I created with a group of my friends. Our team has now grown to over 20 incredible animators, writers, artists, and video editors.
This series aims to have conversations about important issues taking place across the world. In each episode, we tackle a different issue. We tell the story through the facts, and through the first-hand experiences of people on the ground. This is the Outspoken Narrative.
In our first video on the Beirut explosion, we covered the long-lasting economic, political, and societal issues which were ongoing prior to the explosion. As we mentioned in that video, those issues had only been exacerbated following the explosion.
This video looks at Beirut once again, four months post-explosion. Even four months post-explosion, the situation in Beirut hasn’t improved as much as hoped. We looked at four issues that Lebanon is facing currently.
Following the explosion, multiple hospitals were destroyed, and the medical system was put under immense stress. Covid-19 cases skyrocketed. Now, four months later, the medical system is still under immense pressure. The second wave of the global pandemic has begun paying a toll on the already devastated Beirut. Many hospitals are short on vital supplies needed to function, and at full capacity, emergency rooms are overwhelmed. Funding and better leadership are required immediately to aid Beirut.
Immediately following the explosion Prime Minister Hassan Diab promised accountability. He later resigned as did many top officials and accountability was nowhere to be seen. Protests continue in Lebanon as there is no help from the government for reconstructing Beirut. Top officials have yet to be held accountable, and citizens and NGOs lead cleanups.
Food Crisis + Economic Crisis
These two go hand in hand. Lebanon has been dealing with a long-lasting economic crisis, and post-explosion, the wheat stored in the Beirut port was destroyed. This port was also the main harbor for imports. With an economic crisis, Lebanon is unable to import food and fertilizer into the country. That coupled with the instability of the government has led to the food crisis worsening. The UN has warned of a social catastrophe if nothing is done to support Lebanon. Thankfully though, there are incredible NGOs on the ground, and across the world supporting Lebanon.
In this episode, we had an incredible opportunity to interview one of the co-founders of Impact Lebanon. Impact Lebanon led the effort to raise money for Lebanon following the explosion. To this day they have raised over 6,000,000 pounds ($8,136,630) for Beirut. It was an incredible opportunity to talk to Maya Hodroj and hear about the inner workings of Impact Lebanon. We got a glimpse into the amazing work they are doing in Lebanon and across the world.
We felt that this episode was especially important because as the news cycle continues to move on to the next big story, it is important to continue to advocate and raise awareness for global issues like the Beirut explosion. Please take a moment to watch the video, like, share, and subscribe.