The issue of Electricity shortage in Lebanon is not a new one, however there is a sort of awakening in Lebanon at this time. More and more ordinary Electricitee Du Liban (EDL) workers are closing down power plants and refusing to work, due to intolerable working conditions.
Conditions such as getting beaten up every time they try to pick up a check, poor maintenance and lack of funding. Lebanon has not had stable power supply since 1975. It is hard to believe that this is even possible, i mean war torn countries have been able to restore power and water supply within a few years while Lebanon has had 22 years to restore power and have failed.
What is the problem? Why are we still living in the dark, why haven't we been able to get power, why is it taking 22 years? These are the questions mostly asked and never answered. We have had countless Ministers and politicians addressing the problem and still nothing. We have heard promises and plans for decades and yet none ever take place.
Unfortunately the problem is not the politicians, government or EDF. The Lebanese are the problem, we bitch constantly about everything and yet again, fail to do anything. I mean there is always something that can be done, nothing in this life is ever hopeless and set in stone.
I know that this tone might be repetitive but its the truth, real and lasting change can only come from the citizens and not from the government. We the people act as a lobby group influencing and pressuring the government to do the right thing. We need to step out of this web of corruption, people who profiteer from no government electricity, people who steal electricity from their neighbors and most of all people who refuse to pay the government for their consumption.
If we take care of these three minorities (hopeful thinking) then maybe there is chance to bring light to the Cedar country. Luckily there is a now a new campaign to push for electricity in Lebanon and yes you can find all the links here visit them , follow them, share this blog, their ideas, lets gain momentum and have some real change in Lebanon.
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As always if you are to lazy or indifferent to do something, i hope you win the lottery but the power cuts and a blind man steals your ticket, oh and the main to your house ruptures leaving you without power for ever, oh and you don't have candles and matches ...