Hundreds of poor Lebanese recently tried to cross the sea between the port city of Tripoli in northern Lebanon and Cyprus to escape the country’s economic collapse. France 24 met two of them after they were fired by the Cypriot authorities.
“I wanted to give my children a better future.” Fadi Karbajha explains why he tried to reach Cyprus by boat to escape poverty. “Everything has become difficult in Lebanon. These conditions are driving us to do crazy things like this crossroads.”
A crossroads that hundreds of Lebanese have carried out like him recently.
Bassem Hdayfi, for his part, has lost all hope of seeing better days: “We are abandoned, the political class no longer takes care of the country.”
Lebanon has suffered its worst economic and social crisis in decades since last year, exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic and political instability. More and more Lebanese are turning to this situation for immigration.