Lebanon (MNN) — 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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“Our job is to bring the hope of Christ to people, to show them a brighter future. They need people who are looking forward to a brighter future, which is not the case anywhere in any government,” Nuna says.
“There is no hope in the natural, but we have a God who is in the supernatural.”
A 24-hour prayer event starts tomorrow. “If people want to join, we’re going to open a Zoom meeting for people who are like-minded, who want to pray for the region, or hear the things that Lebanon is praying for,” Nuna says.
“This (prayer movement) is not only in Lebanon; [throughout] the whole Middle East, these initiatives are happening,” Nuna says.
“This initiative is happening in Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt. The format is different every time according to the country and the resources we have.”
Header image depicts a street in Beirut, Lebanon. (Photo courtesy of Maxime Guy/Unsplash)