Beirut explosion rocks Lebanon’s capital city
On August 4, 2020 a 4.5 Richter scale factory explosion similar to an earthquake crushed an entire city center of Beirut, Lebanon. More than 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes, at least 135 killed and 5,000 wounded in the massive explosion as of August 6th. Hundreds of people have been reported missing, igniting fears of a climbing death toll. Beirut, now an area resembling a war zone, is now under a two-week state of emergency. Dar Al-Hijrah has partnered with Islamic Relief in working to build a sustainable supply chain for emergency aid, and is asking for your support to help sustain the many projects that already help uplift people in Lebanon.
Lebanon was already facing multiple crises.
Lebanon has been grappling with an economic crisis with no resolution in sight, but with its latest crisis, hope is scarce. During a deadly pandemic, with a collapsing economy and famine, many are struggling to make ends meet. Unemployment rates are climbing as the Lebanese Pound (LBP) continues to lose its value. Around half a million children in Beirut are struggling for survival or going hungry as families are increasingly unable to afford basic food items and other essentials such as electricity, cooking fuel, hygiene items, medicine and water. Today’s explosion only makes things worse.
The blast was closest to a, now obliterated, major seaport which imports/exports food and medicine to all of Lebanon and is now short in supply. Hospitals in Beirut had to turn away patients due to the severe damage sustained. Others were forced to treat patients in the street, or without electricity. Medical workers describe the scenes coming out of hospitals as “one of the worse known to mankind,” unlike anything seen before.
As Lebanon faces national instability, Islamic Relief is on the ground right now to provide urgent food support to those in need. You can help ease their pain. They deserve better.
How does a country that is already struggling from years of poor governance, and facing an economic and political and health crisis all at once, expect to recover from the wholesale disaster of its capital? – Luna Safwan, Lebanese Journalist based in Beirut