"We're trying to fix this country. We've been trying to fix it for 9 months but now we're going to do it our way," said 42-year-old Melissa Fadlallah, a volunteer cleaning up the hard-hit Mar Mikhail district of the Lebanese capital. READ:
Heritage buildings, trendy bars and hip art galleries, all gutted: the vibrant Mar Mikhail district, once one of Beirut's gems, is now a wasteland of broken glass and destroyed cars
Mar Mikhail, Beirut's hipster paradise, was a very different place 9 years ago. I had ongoing feuds with several stray dog packs. I think I was even in one for a short time.