Garbage, blasted glass, and the women cleaning up political filth in Lebanon

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May 14, 2022

Garbage, blasted glass, and the women cleaning up political filth in Lebanon

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Garbage, blasted glass, and the women cleaning up political filth in Lebanon - CNN

(CNN) In 2015, I spent the summer protesting and getting tear-gassed. I wasn't protesting for anything grand. I was one of hundreds of thousands of people who took to the streets to demand an end to the garbage crisis.

We are obsessed with cleaning our homes in Lebanon. I think it is inter-generational, inherited from decades of war and conflict, and exacerbated by the fact that our country is so dirty. We live in one of the most polluted places in the region, with virtually zero public services.

Not that our protests against the government's failure to effectively provide garbage collection changed much -- trash has been piling up ever since. Just this week the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights published a report essentially stating that Lebanon's current misery was avoidable.

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Author: 
Carmen Geha
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CNN
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2022
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