On Tuesday the 4th of August, a warehouse of ammonium nitrate exploded in the heart of the Port of Beirut, Lebanon. The force of the blast blew out windows up to 15km away and utterly devastated the port, killing more than 130 people and injuring 5,000. Days later, many remain missing under the rubble – including children.
Beirut’s port is one of the busiest in the Mediterranean and is densely populated. Now, approximately 300,000 people have been displaced. With many children separated from their families, there are serious concerns for their safety – particularly girls, who are at great risk of violence and exploitation. This is on top of the ongoing threat of COVID-19.
After months of a social, political and economic crisis, Lebanon is already on the brink of financial collapse. And with COVID-19 overwhelming hospitals, the country is not equipped to deal with this emergency alone.
That’s why we need you.