Lebanon crisis robs pensioners of cash cushions

Samir Merhi returned to Lebanon in 2009, hoping the fortune he made abroad would let him retire comfortably at home, but the country’s economic crisis has upended his dreams and forced him to leave again. For four decades, Merhi said he made “millions” working in the fashion and construction industries in Britain and the Gulf, but draconian controls imposed by Lebanese banks have trapped his life savings. Speaking in a hotel in Beirut’s commercial district of Hamra, Merhi said he was planning to fly to the United States where he will join family, even though he isn’t keen on doing so. “I have …

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