Lebanon News

Man ends life over LL1,000

A general view of the northeastern border town of Arsal, Thursday, March 20, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)

BEIRUT: A man in Arsal, Bekaa, ended his life Sunday, hanging himself after reportedly not being able to afford to give his daughter LL1,000 ($0.66).

The man has been named as Naji al-Flayti, a father of two.

His sister, Najwa, told local newspaper An-Nahar that he had been unemployed since leaving the military six years ago. He briefly worked in quarrying-related businesses, but work stopped because of the deteriorating economic situation in the country.

She added that her brother could not settle his debts to relatives or the local shops.

The incident caused outrage on social media.

"LL1,000 was enough to end the life of a Lebanese man whose pride and dignity was greater than upsetting his little girl," Twitter user Ali Attieh said.

The hashtag #Naji_alFlayti became the top trending topic on Lebanese Twitter.

According to the United Nations Development Programme, 27 percent of Lebanese are considered poor, consuming less than $270 per month.

In Lebanon, the first half of 2019 has witnessed almost the same number of suicides expected for the whole year.

The Embrace suicide prevention hotline can be called on 1564.

 

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