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Who are the Lebanese people risking death to flee their country?

Increasing numbers of Lebanese are risking their lives on makeshift boats to escape a collapsing country. L’Orient-Le Jour met a few of these risk-takers, most of whom are from Tripoli. Some of them have already attempted the trip more than once.

Who are the Lebanese people risking death to flee their country?

Hamzah Osman, 24, in the port of Mina in Tripoli. In 2021, this ex-gym coach tried to reach Europe via irregular routes by land, air and sea. Despite his failed attempts, he continues to dream of only one thing: to leave. (OLJ/Marie Jo Sader)

“Are you Lebanese? Really? That’s new! Usually, we are the ones who flee to your country.” Hamzah Osman laughs as he recalls the words of a Syrian border guard who had been deployed in Albania and stopped him there while he was trying to flee on...

“Are you Lebanese? Really? That’s new! Usually, we are the ones who flee to your country.” Hamzah Osman laughs as he recalls the words of a Syrian border guard who had been deployed in Albania and stopped him there while he was trying to flee on...