Humanitarian Crisis in Lebanon & Palestine
- Zakat Foundation Activities in Lebanon Timeline
- Humanitarian Crisis in Lebanon & Palestine
- Ali's Desperation
Zakat Foundation Activities in Lebanon Timeline
July 31st, 2006
The ZF team visited Saida which has 60,000 refugees. Thousands of them were sleeping in the streets under trees. We distributed 40 food packages and registered those in the direst of need for future aid. (see images from Saida streets)
We went to Daraiya village (where we had distributed mattresses earlier) and gave out another 32 mattresses and 23 blankets. Many people choose not to take blankets because of the hot climate this time of year. Most of the refugees are in schools, but many are staying in private homes.
On this day we have visited our newborn refugee baby. She was born on the 30th of July, 2006 in the Al-Moughairiyya village. We have been working here more than two weeks as we have distributed thousands of mattresses, blankets and food packages.
Again today nearly one thousand people showed up at our offices to pick up much needed items.
Our clinic has treated more than 100 people in the last 24 hours.
July 30th, 2006
Today the Foundation’s team entered the Dariaya region of Lebanon to work with the 150 people taking refuge in a school. We were able to provide them with 25 full size mattresses and 25 food packages (each food package is good for three people).
We also provided food packages to the 50 refugees that were found in a school within the Siblin region.
A school in Mazboud held more than 100 refugees and there were another 50 families staying in homes within the village. We were able to deliver the mattresses, blankets and food kits needed.
In the town of Almoughairiya our team located 20 families taking refuge and provided them with mattresses.
There are literally thousands of refugees visiting our centers each day to receive mattresses, blankets and food aid.
July 27th, 2006
The Zakat Foundation replaced its mobile clinic with a permanent clinic in Iklim Al-Mazbond. Our clinic is serving people in full capacity now and has cared for over 5,000 people immediately with free treatment and medicine.
July 26th, 2006
The Zakat Foundation team extended its support to the village of Shehim where 2000 families are staying. We delivered food and water and blankets.
The ZF team visited Wady Al-Zaiyn Camp. In this camp 150 families are staying. We were able to provide them with all necessary items: mattresses, blankets and food.
As of this date, the number of refugees in Iklim Al-Khorub has reached 50,000.
July 15th, 2006
The Zakat Foundation is already involved in relief efforts in Lebanon. We are mainly concentrating in the surrounding areas of Iklum Al-Kharroub. In these areas there are over 9000 families totaling 30,000 people who have become refugees in their own country. These families are living in extremely crowded conditions and are suffering greatly.
We have hired doctors and nurses to help treat illness and anguish, concentrating on the care of infants and children. Our team has been working nonstop to make them more comfortable under this horrific circumstance.
To date we have distributed thousands of blankets, mattresses, food packages, bread and water to approximately 30,000 people in need.
Humanitarian Crisis in Lebanon & Palestine
As the crisis in Lebanon continues to build, the United Nations is warning of a humanitarian catastrophe. "The situation is both alarming and catastrophic. There are about 500,000 people displaced already. The situation is extreme" said Beirut’s UNICEF representative Roberto Laurenti. He further stated, "We are concerned about their conditions, especially because of electricity cuts, lack of water, lack of food and medical supplies and sanitary conditions which could lead to illness."
Escalating violence threatens to create dire conditions as the death toll rises and hundreds of thousands of people flee their homes. The international airport, ocean ports, bridges and water pumping stations have all been destroyed. Petrol stations along with fuel depots have been set ablaze and houses have been turned to rubble. U.N. Emergency Relief Coordinator, Jan Egeland, stated that there were also fears about the effects of energy cuts and the destruction of infrastructure with regards to water and sewage, creating a health crisis.
Floods of displaced families took refuge in schools, mosques and churches. Within the first week of the conflict, shelters have been filled across the 77 public schools in Beirut, 160 in Mount Lebanon, 25 in the north, 42 in the south and 13 in the Beka’a. For many families at these shelters, there is little to no access for food and basic necessities except what locals happen to bring.
What is more troubling is that the United Nations is evacuating all non-essential staff from the country for fear of their own safety. As a result, relief services have been cut off to 260,000 Palestinian refugees who depend on them for aid in Lebanon.
Since The Zakat Foundation of America established a branch in Lebanon last year in the Mount Lebanon area, we have staff and volunteers on the ground delivering urgently needed food aid, clean drinking water, blankets, mattresses and basic medical aid. Naturally, our main area of operation is in Mount Lebanon at these public schools that have become shelters for displaced families from Beirut and further south.
(Note: "Succors" is British English for "To give aid")
We are launching a major relief appeal to assist as many families as possible at these shelters. We are appealing today for $250,000 for the immediate and urgent relief efforts to provide food, water, medical care and basic necessities as well as long-term relief efforts to those affected victims in Lebanon.
Please give generously in the amount of $250, $100, or any amount you can afford in order to provide helping hands to those displaced families. Please open your heart and give generously because funds are urgently needed as the need for relief is desperate.
Now a refugee in his own country, 70-year old Ali Abdallah Hassan seeks shelter in a school. This man once lived in the Zahrani district in the South of Lebanon with his four sons and one daughter. “When I was in my house in South Lebanon I heard a sound of a huge bomb next to my house,” Ali recalls, “my children and I run out of the house each one in a different direction…” After sleeping in a barn and finding is way to shelter Ali still doesn’t know if his children are alive or dead. He has no news of his family or friends, all he knows is that his home is destroyed and that he is dying of grief and misery.
The shattered lives of the Lebanese people should not be forgotten, help us provide for people like Ali and provide some relief in the face of tragedy.