French troops help unload boxes of French Red Cross humanitarian aid near the site of the August 4 blast in Beirut [AP Photo/Hassan Ammar]
On August 4, one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history wreaked havoc on Beirut. Nearly 200 lives were lost, and more than 6,000 people were injured. An estimated 300,000 people were instantly left homeless. The blast obliterated homes, schools, medical facilities, and the port of Beirut, which supplies nearly 85 percent of the country’s food. Humanitarian relief efforts are already under way, but the longer-term reconstruction will take years. For Lebanon to truly recover, the country and its international partners will need to address something more insidious than the blast: corruption.
Lebanon was already on the verge of