Lebanese face long queues to buy bread


A bakery owner says some customers come to his premises with guns and knives as Lebanon faces a chronic shortage of its staple diet. – AFP pic, July 31, 2022.

IN bankrupt Lebanon, Khalil Mansour has to queue for hours every day just to buy bread for his family, and some days, he can’t afford any.




In a country that once boasted the nickname “Switzerland of the Middle East” for its thriving banking sector before the financial crisis hit in 2019, the chronic shortage of the staple of the Lebanese diet has been hard to take.