Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has tendered his resignation and that of his government, after over a week of protests that paralysed the country, as the people accuse authorities of corruption and of causing an economic collapse.
Retired Lebanese army and security personnel on Tuesday staged sit-ins and blocked roads in Beirut as the cabinet was set to discuss an austerity budget proposing cuts to end-of-service benefits for state employees and the army.
As the Egyptian plane descended on the tarmac of Beirut Airport on 1 September, 2018, many thoughts filled my heart, how is Lebanon? What manner of country is it? Are the people friendly? The only thing that overwhelmed me back in Nigeria was that the country was home to the dreaded Hezbollah that held the small nation in the jugular some few years back and a deadly civil war. These thoughts and many more clouded my being. I was rudely shaken out of my vanity when the plane hits and taxied on the tarmac. We are in Lebanon!
Ten Nigerian writers who travelled to Lebanon to participate in an exchange programme under the Study Abroad In Lebanon (SAIL) project, have returned to the country and recounted their experience in the foreign land.