Earlier this month, Nizar Mohammad and a group of around 50 others crammed into a smuggler’s boat near the El Mina harbour.
Largely forgotten by international agencies, some survivors of Lebanon’s kafala system were flown home to Ethiopia last week.
Residents are still trying to recover from the huge explosion that decimated large parts of the city last month.
Three hundred thousand people are struggling to access clean water and sanitation.
Rumours have spread easily, thanks to Lebanon's historical distrust of the government and longstanding regional conflicts.
Prime Minister Hassan Diab just announced his government's resignation, amid fury over Beirut explosion.
Human rights organisations have called the actions against protestors in Beirut another damning indictment of the priorities of the country’s leaders.
Citizens in Beirut are removing debris, rescuing trapped victims, and counting the corpses while they wait for a government response.
“I found my house completely destroyed. The windows and doors were all broken.”
'Hang Up the Nooses': Anger Grows in Lebanon Over Revelations Officials Ignored Chemical Stockpile Warnings
The Lebanese government is accused of failing to heed six warnings to act on the 2,750-ton stash of ammonium nitrate.
The explosion in Lebanon has reignited fears among residents of Newcastle, NSW, where a huge chemical plant sits within three kilometres of the CBD.
“Without help, Lebanon is going to become a failed state."