My Family and the Explosion
On August 4th 2020, Beirut’s port was rocked by the world’s largest non-atomic explosion. Many Lebanese are still living through the scars of this shattering event.
The huge explosion which rocked Beirut on August 4th 2020 shattered the lives of many Beirut residents, and its consequences are still being felt by those living with the scars of this tragic event.
Naji Makhlouf, a fitness instructor, suffered life-changing injuries. 'I feel this head is not mine... It feels empty on the inside', he says. Nicole Torbey, his wife, says: 'I can't imagine how he feels. He can't move, needs help with everything. He was so strong'. Their daughter is afraid something will happen again and feels anxious when away from her father. Like many in Lebanon, Nicole no longer trusts the government: 'Our government has destroyed us, killed us. It destroyed my husband's body and my daughter's life'. Her anger is palpable as she reminds us: 'No one has been spared from this tragedy in Lebanon, rich or poor!'FULL SYNOPSIS