I was on my way to drop off my recycling at Ziad’s recycling plant near the port of Beirut when I noticed this nasty river.

Workers nearby told me all the sewers of Beirut flow through here. It’s  literally a raging river of fifth:


And the smell standing here is vomit inducing.

This an aerial view of the port area, and as you can see, the brown waste is visible from space:

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Here’s a close up of the canal in my photo. The area is known as Karantina and the canal is just next to the slaughterhouse.

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This is my second post about sewage flowing from Beirut’s coast. I previously documented a big brown spill off the coast of Khalde, near the airport. So how many sewers flow right into the sea from Beirut? And why is this wastewater not treated?

Equally important, why isn’t this story on TV more often? Isn’t it more important than all the politicians visits and press conferences that dominate the evening news? Do any of them have anything to say about sewage?