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Florence Massena is a freelance journalist based in Norway after six years spent in Lebanon. She reports on the environment, women's issues, human rights and refugees in the Middle East, Africa and Europe Follow her on Twitter: @FlorenceMassena

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After Beirut blast, mental health is Lebanon's next crisis

01 September, 2020

Lebanon is on the verge of a mental health emergency after the trauma of the devastating Beirut explosion.

For domestic workers, Lebanon lockdown a recipe for abuse

10 April, 2020

Already deprived of basic rights and freedom, domestic migrant workers are now at greater risk of being abused as Lebanon remains under lockdown to battle Covid-19.

Lebanon's revolution is on hold but far from over

01 April, 2020

The Covid-19 lockdown may have put Lebanon's revolution on hold, but activists are organising despite the crisis and vow to renew the protest movement.

Sweden 'deporting' Lebanese couple despite 'death fatwas' back home

05 February, 2020

A couple who married in defiance of Lebanon's ban on civil unions then fled to Sweden risk being sent back after migration authorities judged their situation as 'safe'.

Sweden 'deporting' Lebanese couple despite 'death fatwas' back home

05 February, 2020

A couple who married in defiance of Lebanon's ban on civil unions then fled to Sweden risk being sent back after migration authorities judged their situation as 'safe'.

Slave to Sirens: Middle East's first female metal band

08 June, 2018

The New Arab Meets: An all-woman metal band breaking norms in Lebanon with a new sound. Florence Massena speaks to the women behind the music.

Despite Beirut Pride cancellation, the show must go on

18 May, 2018

In-depth: Lebanon's gay pride may have been cancelled, but activists vow to continue their fight to have their rights heard in front of political and social stages, writes Florence Massena.

Disabled children 'put aside' in Lebanese education system

10 May, 2018

Feature: A report by HRW has found that Lebanon’s public education system is discriminating against children with disabilities who are often denied admission to schools, writes Florence Massena.

Urban chaos: Downtown Beirut, then and now

03 May, 2018

Feature: Going back in time with architect Samer Ladki, we look at Swiss photographer Jacqueline Meier's pictures of Beirut from immediately after the civil war to see what has changed.

'Women will be heard in Lebanon's politics'

18 April, 2018

In-depth: As Lebanon's May 6 election nears, Florence Massena talks to some of the female parliamentary candidates showing the country that capable women exist and will be heard in politics.

Symbolic campaign seeks rights for Lebanon's marginalised populations

11 April, 2018

Feature: It is time to be seen: Manal Kortam wants to highlight the lack of rights for Palestinians, women and other marginalised communities with her new campaign.

Arab women and new realities

09 February, 2018

A new book amplifies Arab women's voices, capturing a moment in history when women have had enough of keeping quiet. Florence Massena met its authors.

Florence Massena
Florence Massena

Florence Massena is a freelance journalist based in Norway after six years spent in Lebanon. She reports on the environment, women's issues, human rights and refugees in the Middle East, Africa and Europe Follow her on Twitter: @FlorenceMassena

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