Almost 3 years after the Lebanese economic crisis kicked in, the government has not managed to supply a ration card that supports families living in severe poverty.
According to a report published by the United Nations in late 2021, 78% of Lebanese people live in poverty.
On Monday, Minister of Social Affairs Hector Hajjar blamed the International Monetary Fund (IMF) for not funding the ration card, which the political establishment promised to provide ever since the crisis kicked in.
Hajjar claimed that the funding was not provided because the IMF set conditions that the government was not able to implement so far.
Hajjar ignored the fact that the ration card is likely going to be used as a political tool. Many people, including officials, have claimed that the ration card is going to be distributed based on political allegiance.
With further procrastination expected from the political ruling class and the dragging to form a new government, many Lebanese families will have to find other ways to cope with their severe poverty.