Volunteers clean up, rage grows in Beirut

Volunteers clean up, rage grows in Beirut

Posted on 08/08/2020


Three days after Beirut's deadly explosion devastated Lebanon's capital, teams are searching for survivors and volunteers are cleaning up the city.

Lebanese hospitals are under huge stress dealing with the death of 137 people and treating 5,000 wounded.

Those who survived are trying to pick up the pieces.

Glass and debris crunch below the feet of an army of volunteers who are stepping in where the government is not, attempting to clear the rubble of billions of dollars of damage.

They urge each other on but for others, it's all just too much.

The intensity of the emotional roller coaster has left them hollow shells.

But as a cleanup continues, rage continues to grow across the country with people demanding accountability and government reform.

Three days after the deadly blast, there is still no clear explanation or apology.

French President Emmanuel Macron toured the wreckage.

He is the first foreign leader to set foot there.

He was surrounded by hundreds of Lebanese citizens calling for revolution, urging him, begging him to do something.

From outside and inside the country, demands for answers grow louder as calls emerge for an independent probe into the explosion.

International experts say this is not just about accountability or how the country is going to rebuild emotionally and physically.

It's about how Lebanon is going to find its soul.