Lebanon’s ‘Generator Mafia’ keep the lights on for a price.

Lebanon’s generators almost all have private owners, who employ maintenance staff and fee collectors, while charging households and businesses rent to use them.

Millions of Lebanese pay enormous sums from their meagre pay cheques each month on two separate bills.

One belongs to the state electricity utility, Electricite du Liban, the other is from their local ‘generator man’.

As Lebanon descends into a crippling economic crisis, a worsening shortage of fuel is having immediate and deeply felt consequences on daily life in all corners of the country.

The fuel shortage has also created a black market, where petrol or diesel can sell for five times as much.