Why a ‘miracle’ baby has brought hope to a country in crisis

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Why a ‘miracle’ baby has brought hope to a country in crisis

Lebanon’s George Khnaisser was born in the corridor of a hospital destroyed by last year’s Beirut port blast

Yara Abi Nader

Baby George Khnaisser is as old as the Beirut port blast. His mother was in labour on August 4 last year when a stockpile of ammonium nitrate, stored unsafely for years, exploded in the Lebanese capital, crashing whole windows onto her bed.

Emmanuelle Lteif Khnaisser went on to give birth to her first child under torchlight in the corridor of the destroyed St George Hospital University Medical Centre.

One year later, Emmanuelle and her husband Edmond Khnaisser say their son was “a symbol of life”, bringing hope to people in Lebanon...

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