Lebanon: Civil society is divided after the Beirut explosion #Forum2000online

April 1, 2021

“Even if you are not a survivor and you are not a family of a victim, you are a survivor of this catastrophe in terms of the emotional and psychological impact it has on all of us.“ #Forum2000online

Shirine Jurdi is a peacebuilder whose work focused on the issues of equality and social cohesion, specifically in Lebanon and the MENA region. She now works as MENA regional liaison officer in Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC) and also as the executive member of the Women´s International League for Peace and Freedom Lebanon Section. In an emotional interview, Mrs Jurdi talks about the Beirut blast from the last August that rocked the country in the midst of COVID-19 crisis, as well as about the October revolution. Who is accountable for the tragedy and what is its impact on civil society in Lebanon?

“Accountability, I think, is something that is not present in their dictionary,“ says Mrs Jurdi about the Lebanese leaders who seem to reject any responsibility for the catastrophe.

The interview was recorded on March 30, 2021 and moderated by Arzu Geybulla, Columnist and Writer from Azerbaijan.