Blast Devastates Beirut

Refugees in Lebanon

 

Forty days have passed since one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in the history of the world devastated Beirut. As we watch the daily news, the scenes seem more like a Hollywood film than reality. Victims and casualties are everywhere, and yet the visible damage is just the tip of the iceberg.
  

The list of fatalities continues to expand, but under the rubble, in the sea, and near ground zero of the blast are many who will never be found.
 

For the survivors, life is not easy. Three hundred thousand citizens suddenly became homeless. Many are surrounded by opportunistic businessmen who attempt to take advantage of vulnerable property owners in their time of need. Many of the historic buildings, centuries old and the pride of Beirut, were also damaged. Our fear is that they will not be restored but torn down to make room for luxury apartments and office buildings.
 

Sadly, at the port was a shipping container from Canada filled with 28 tons of eagerly anticipated supplies for Together for the Family (TFF). The blast, which left a 140-meter (460-foot) crater at the port, also sent all the containers at the port, including ours, into oblivion. GHNI has had the privilege of helping to deliver 250 food baskets to the families and renovating four homes so far.

 

One Lebanese woman, Adeline*, has a small shop. Her husband is dead and she lost her two sons in a car accident. She called me crying and asking for help. The team went to her house, renovated her home and her small shop (which is her only source of income), and encouraged her.

 

Thank you,

 

Izdihar
GHNI Partner

*For the purpose of safety and wellbeing, "Adeline" is a pseudonym for the individual being helped by this project

 

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