On August 4, 2020 a massive explosion rocked the city of Beirut, Lebanon. The explosion caused immense destruction and the death toll continues to rise.
The United Church of Canada has been in direct contact with Mission & Service partners in the region. Samer Laham of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC) tells the United Church:
“Thank God that MECC[‘s] team is safe but the situation in Beirut is beyond imagination. You cannot believe the level of destruction in many historical areas in Beirut […] Beirut needs billions of dollars to rebuild what it lost in one minute […] and maybe it will take some years to be recovered from this disastrous event."
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Lebanon Already Struggling
Lebanon has been struggling with economic and political crises that have been exacerbated by the explosion. United Church people have been supporting Lebanese partners’ humanitarian relief work through our special COVID-19: Global Response appeal with ACT Alliance. The explosion and its aftermath are straining the already limited resources of Lebanon’s government and health care systems.
Mission & Service partners MECC and the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR) are responding through ACT Alliance. Sylvia Haddad, Director of the Department of Services to Palestinian Refugees (DSPR-Lebanon) says, “This is the time to help a country which has hosted the Palestinian refugees for so many years, and we intend to do whatever we can to show our gratitude with the hope of getting help from our friends and partners.”
Please pray for the injured and those who have lost their lives, as well as the families, communities and first responders to the disaster.