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Mihailidis on Recovery in Lebanon: NBC LX

Paul Mihailidis, associate professor of Journalism and graduate program director for Media Design, talked to NBC LX August 6 about the Beirut explosion, some of the issues Lebanon was facing before the devastation, and what it will take for the country to heal.

Even before nearly 3,000 tons of ammonium nitrate exploded in a waterfront warehouse in Beirut, Lebanon had suffered from its worst economy in decades, food insecurity, and an uptick in COVID-19 cases, said Mihailidis, who teaches at Lebanese American University during the summer. In order to bring Beirut and the country as a whole back to their natural vibrancy, it will take both international aid and help from individuals through social media and grassroots organizing, he said.

“Our communities of concerned citizens need to step up and share what we can and support how we can to help them quicken back to normalcy,” Mihailidis said.

Watch the NBC LX segment.

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