Losing Lebanon: The Beirut blast and the deafening silence of accountability

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Lebanon marked the second anniversary of the Beirut port blast on 4 August.

The blast was a devastating tragedy for the city and the country. It left at least 231 people dead, over 7,000 injured, and over 300,000 homeless. The port blast left a permanent scar on the capital city. 

For the latest episode of The New Arab Voice, and part two of our three-part special on Lebanon, we look back at the deadly blast and the investigation that followed.

What happened on that fateful day? How did the authorities respond? How was the city and its people affected? Who is investigating this crime? Are those responsible being held accountable and what does the future hold?

For this episode we speak with Sarah Copland (@sas_yvonne), who was living in Beirut at the time, Aya Majzoub (@Aya_Majzoub), another resident of the city and the Lebanon and Bahrain Researcher at Human Rights Watch (@hrw), and Ghida Frangieh (@Ghidaf), a Lebanese lawyer and researcher, and member of Legal Agenda (@Legal_Agenda).


This podcast is written by Hugo Goodridge (@hugogoodridge) and Will Christou (@will_christou). This episode was produced by Hugo Goodridge. Theme music by Omar al-Fil (@elepheel). 

Other music by Blue Dot Sessions.

To get in touch with the producers, follow then tweet us at @TheNewArabVoice or email hugo.goodridge@alaraby.co.uk