A man robs a bank to recover his savings

Lebanon (MNN) — A man from the Bekaa Valley recently broke into a bank to steal $50,000 from his own savings account. More information on this here. This is a sign of grave desperation in Lebanon.

Abdallah Assaii, 37, stole his own money from a branch of Lebanese bank BBAC in Jeb Jannine, Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
(Logo obtained via Google Maps)

“Desperate times call for desperate measures. This gentleman was able, by force, to recover $50,000 that he had saved,” Heart for Lebanonsaid Camille Melki.

“But the question is, if each of us is going to do this, what’s going to happen? Each of us trying to break into the bank, take bank employees hostage until they release money – it’s scary.

Many in Lebanon call the man a hero, but he is a criminal to others. He allegedly took seven bank employees hostage and threatened to light a match after dozing himself and the employees in gasoline.

The Lebanese resonate with the actions of the man because they find themselves in a similar position. Families that used to maintain middle-class status are now living in poverty.

“Since October 2019all the banks in lebanon have frozen everyone’s assets, so everything you’ve earned and saved for years for your retirement or your children’s education [is gone]“, explains Melki.

“You wake up one day, and your assets are all frozen in the banks, and [you] can’t access it.

Fortunately, Heart for Lebanon can access the majority of its funds and continue to serve families in Jesus’ name. Pray that this access continues, and learn more about Heart for Lebanon here.

“Although we have lost a significant amount of money in the banks here in Lebanon, we have the majority of our resources in the United States,” Melki says.

“The new money coming into Lebanon, they call it ‘fresh dollars’ and you have 100% access to it. Every month, Heart for Lebanon transfers “fresh money” and we use these resources to help more than 4,800 families. »

The Bekaa Valley is Lebanon’s most important agricultural region. (Wikimedia Commons)