“I cannot do all the good that the world needs. But the world needs all the good that I can do.” – Jana Stanfield
Tragically, on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, a deadly explosion occurred in Lebanon’s capital, Beruit. As of August 5, 2020, at least 135 people died, 5,000 injured and over 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes. The blast was so extreme that the effects could be felt from 150 miles away. This tragedy has not only affected Lebanon citizens but has also reportedly killed at least one American, one Australian, four Bangladeshi nationals, two Filipino citizens, injured eight Filipino citizens and caused eleven Filipino citizens to go missing.
The deadly explosion was caused by ammonium nitrate being stored in Beruit’s port. Ammonium nitrate is known as an extremely explosive material for the past six years without proper safety measures put into place. The explosion caused a 405 foot wide cavity in Beruit. Beruit’s hospitals have already been struggling with resources due to the COVID-19 pandemic just like many other hospitals across the world and are now extremely overwhelmed with injuries and casualties caused by the explosion. Four of Beruit’s hospitals are not able to be used due to damage caused by the explosion. There is footage from the tragic explosion being shared across social media, watch below at your own discretion. The caption in the video below also lists Instagram accounts you can make donations through. During times like this we need to help each other.
Below, find a list of other ways to help reduce the suffering of those affected by the Beirut explosions.
Education regarding Lebanon’s current financial crisis can help those who have been affected by spreading awareness on the dire need of financial resources for the hospitals in Beruit. Educational resources are also available regarding information on the recent Lebanese civil war/revolution as well as the corruption of the Lebanese government and those who are in power.
- Support people in Lebanon after Beirut explosion
- Financial Aid for Victims of the Lebanon Bombing
- END KAFALA: JUSTICE AND DIGNITY FOR MIGRANT DOMESTIC WORKERS IN LEBANON
- International investigation for Beirut
- More Petitions Here
For those located in Beirut, here is a list of urgent blood needs.
Our hearts are with the people of Beruit and we wish healing to the country as well as all others who have been affected by this horrific event. Please take a moment to not only help in anyway that you can but educate yourself and spread awareness for what is going on in Lebanon.
Featured image via noorsnook