WE ARE COUNTING ON YOUR SUPPORT
TO HELP OUR FRIENDS WHO ARE BADLY AFFECTED BY THE EXPLOSION IN BEIRUT AND NEED URGENT FINANCIAL SUPPORT.
We have many friends that were badly affected by the explosion. We are helping with what we can. We think that the support of our friends in Switzerland could make a big difference to our friends in Beirut and ensure that they are safe and able to find a suitable shelter.
The Beirut explosion that happened on August 4th, 2020 was devastating. 4 hospitals, around 35 schools, the pharmaceutical warehouses and the main granary of the country were destroyed. Several other hospitals, schools and vital institutions are badly damaged and 300,000 residents were left with no apartments to go home to. The destruction also affected 90% of the hotels and restaurants and bars in the city.
The highly affected areas in Beirut Gemmayze, Mar Mikheil, Ashrafieh, Rmeil and Carantina are known to be densely populated. These are also the cultural and business hubs of the city where mostcompanies, workshops, pubs, hotels, restaurants are located.
Migrants, refugees and small businesses were the most affected by the consequences of this crisis. Following the explosion whatever was left for people to survive with is lost including homes, jobs and potential future job opportunities. These people are not eligible for state support or covered by any insurance. State support is still contested and would only cover the owners of destroyed apartments and buildings but does not cover the losses of those who are renting especially if these are not Lebanese citizens. Insurance terms also might not cover at all the destruction caused by the incident and are limited to life saving medical interventions. While the international community has vowed to support the reconstruction of the country, individuals are in vital need for urgent support to survive in the coming month after having lost everything.
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