Rising poverty and hunger in Lebanon: The fight against malnutrition for low-income families
23 February 2023 | 5:47 am
Protesters smashed windows of banks in the Lebanese capital Beirut this past week as the currency hit a new low against the dollar. The Lebanese lira has lost about 97 percent of its value, and more than 80 percent of the population live below the poverty line. Millions of people are struggling to make ends meet amid the financial turmoil.
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