A recent report revealed that nearly one in four individuals globally (23%) experienced anger during the previous day. In this context, Lebanon has emerged as the angriest country in the world, with a staggering 49% of respondents indicating they experienced anger on the previous day. This article delves into the reasons behind Lebanon’s high levels of collective anger and frustration.
Factors Contributing to Lebanon’s Anger:
Protracted Economic Crisis:
- Lebanon’s severe and prolonged economic crisis, characterized by hyperinflation, a failing currency, and a collapsing banking system, has had a direct and devastating impact on daily life.
- The economic downturn has made it increasingly difficult for people to afford basic necessities, fueling widespread frustration and anger.
High unemployment rates and a scarcity of job opportunities have left a significant portion of the population without stable sources of income, creating insecurity and frustration.
Corruption and Ineffective Governance:
- Lebanon’s political system, marked by sectarianism and political patronage, has fostered deep-seated corruption and a lack of transparency.
- The public perceives this system as unaccountable, which has led to immense public anger. The government’s inability to address the economic crisis and implement necessary reforms has further exacerbated this discontent.
Protests and Social Unrest:
The “October 17 Revolution” protests in 2019 served as a potent expression of Lebanon’s collective anger. People from diverse backgrounds came together to demand political reform, accountability, and an end to corruption. These protests laid bare the depth of public frustration.
Humanitarian and Social Challenges:
The strain on Lebanon’s healthcare system, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, has raised concerns about health and well-being.
Issues in education and infrastructure, such as power outages, have compounded daily frustrations.
Security incidents, including explosions and political assassinations, have raised safety concerns, further intensifying the general sense of unease.
The report’s findings reveal the profound and multifaceted challenges facing the Lebanese population. The ongoing economic, political, and social crises have created an environment where anger and frustration are pervasive. Many Lebanese citizens are seeking change and accountability from their leaders. This underscores the urgent need for political and economic reforms to address these pressing issues and alleviate the suffering experienced by the Lebanese people.