Antoine Gebara, the Mayor of Jdeideh Municipality made the first big step toward what we hope to be a revolution against the corrupted government.
One day before an expected official solution for the crisis that is drowning the country in trash, Mr Gebara held the regular board meeting of the municipality, literally over a dump, which is also an improvised recycling center. The president expressed loudly his own opinion in the name of all the citizens. An opinion full of anger and fear for the well being and health of all the citizens.
This situation became unbearable. If it is not about the smell, the sight or the health dangers of the trash all over the streets, how can they ignore the effect of this situation of hell on the tourism.
Not the bombs nor the bad financial situation made me ever question if living in Lebanon is a good choice. But the trash did.
We can hide from the bombs, we can create and pay high prices for electricity and we can buy the water we own, but how can we protect ourselves and our families from the dangers of this macro-microbacterial national bomb? Yes it is a ticking bomb, most dangerous than a nuclear one. I wonder sometimes this whole issue is not some kind of war against Lebanon. Lebanon faced all kinds of wars and got over them. Even the latest one that destroyed many Arab countries, the war with the da3esh.Our heroes from the Lebanese army died to win it. But how can we face this “chemical” war?
Lebanon is facing a major public health crisis. Piles of garbage are accumulating throughout its cities,towns and villages. As the mounds got higher and higher, the smell of rotting garbage became intense. Rats and other vectors found food and sustenance. And we are all hiding our hands in the sands….
Some people began setting the piles on fire, creating additional health hazards. Some people dumped their garbage illegally in parks or other locations away from their houses.
We need to understand the relationship between trash and disease. Germs could spread quickly through animals or through air, water and soil pollution.
We hope that other municipalities and individuals follow the steps of Mr Gebara, who proved through the years, excellence in leading one of the most important municipalities in the country.