On the afternoon of 4 August 2020, two explosions occurred at the port of the city of Beirut sending shock waves across the city. Over 200,000 people were displaced, at least 200 killed and 5,000 injured as result. However these numbers may be significantly higher as a result of the large number of undocumented refugees scattered across the city.
At least 43 Syrian workers were among the victims of the blast and many refugee families who lived along the industrial neighborhoods near the port have seen their homes destroyed and savings lost. Lebanon hosts one of the highest populations of refugees in the world. The country has long been battling civil unrest as a result of the economic crisis. The value of currency in Lebanon has plummeted and unemployment continues to rise not to mention the ongoing brutal coronavirus pandemic.
The effects of the damage to the port and surrounding area will only increase these strains and the effects will be felt by the local community for a long time to come. There will also be long term consequences for the roughly 1.5 million Syrian and Palestinian refugees who rely on humanitarian aid in the country.
Refugees in Lebanon are not granted legal status, which means a quarter of the country’s population do not have the opportunity for paid employment, housing, education and health care. Syrian refugees in Lebanon are facing new challenges that are exacerbating an already desperate and painful living situation. As Syria Relief already works in Lebanon, providing aid to Syrian refugees, we are now extending emergency medical and food support to those affected by the explosion through our colleagues and partners in Lebanon.
Families urgently need medical care, protective equipment and hygiene kits to prevent the spread of disease, shelter now that homes have been destroyed and food to simply survive. Basic necessities have never been needed more important. It is only through the generosity of our donors that many refugees will make it through this challenging time.
Donations are urgently needed!
£8,500 can provide urgent medical equipment and medicine to hospitals.
£850 can repair a damaged house.
£400 can provide 10 days of therapy for an injured victim.
£100 for emergency food and kits for the victims.