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Is it possible for a head of a family to consider selling a member of his family in order to provide for the basic needs of his children? .. A question that may seem strange .. but in the Lebanese reality it has become an issue after the intensification of an economic crisis, the like of which the Arab country may not have witnessed in recent history.
The British newspaper The Times published an investigation under the title “Lebanese are forced to sell their kidneys under the weight of the worsening economic crisis,” stressing that the matter began to spread, with the recent economic crisis.
The investigation confirmed that the Lebanese were inspired by the Syrian refugees inside Lebanon, where it became famous among them, to help their families, which inspired the Lebanese, especially after the economic crisis in Lebanon worsened and entered difficult stages.
The newspaper stressed that the presence of more than one million Syrian refugees in Lebanon, and the intensification of the crisis prompted them and some Lebanese to think about selling their organs, which revived the trade in human organs that were not authorized in the first place.
The investigation proved that many were subjected to fraud by organ dealers, pointing out that the price of one kidney ranged from 6 thousand to 10 thousand dollars.
The investigation quoted Farida Noyan, coordinator with the National Authority for Donation and Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue in Lebanon, as saying: “Although Syrian refugees have long been inquiring about selling kidneys, most phone calls now come from poor Lebanese.”
She explained that the response they had always received was that selling organs was illegal, pointing out that she sympathized with their economic conditions that prompted them to take this path.
“We all know the economic and financial situation in Lebanon, the devaluation of the currency and its consequences for the middle class, and the situation is the same for refugees,” said the coordinator of the National Commission for Donation and Transplantation of Human Organs and Tissue in Lebanon.
It is noteworthy that Lebanon is suffering a major economic crisis, caused by a political struggle over the formation of a Lebanese government that has been in place for more than a year, in addition to financial crises that caused a record collapse in the prices of the local currency, which cast a shadow over commodities and basic needs, such as electricity, fuel, water and others.
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