Two years have passed since a huge explosion at Beirut’s port killed more than 215 people and devastated parts of the Lebanese capital, but many residents are still haunted by traumatic memories of 4 August 2020.

The explosion was caused by ammonium nitrate unsafely stored at the port since 2013, and is widely seen by Lebanese as a symbol of corruption and bad governance by a ruling elite that has also steered the country into a grinding financial crisis.

To mark the second anniversary of the disaster, the Thomson Reuters Foundation spoke to four residents from Mar Mikhael and other hard-hit neighbourhoods.