Emergency relief after the explosion in Beirut
On the 4th of August 2020 a devastating explosion hit Beirut, the capital of Lebanon – a large quantity of ammonium nitrate stored in the port of the city of Beirut exploded. The explosion killed more than 200 people, injured more than 6,000 while 9 are still missing. More than 300,000 people lost their homes and 15 billion US dollars worth of property damage was caused.
In October 2019 a revolution began in the country, due to the socio economic situation in the country. In addition, the country has been struggling with a refugee crisis for years, as it has the highest number of refugees per capita in the world.
With the COVID 19 pandemic (Lebanon has had over 120,000 cases with 950 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic), the situation has been further aggravated. All this has significantly increased the vulnerability of the people Himaya works with.
The explosion that took place that day had a serious impact on the lives of the entire population, especially children. UNICEF estimates that the number of children affected has reached 100,000. This does not include those suffering from psychological consequences.
Himaya reacted immediately.
The Himaya team is doing its utmost to help but has been living in a state of constant instability for more than a year. In their daily field work they are confronted with a very high degree of vulnerability and misery, which has enormous psychological effects on them.