A huge explosion in the Lebanese capital on the evening of the 4th August has devastated families at a time when Lebanon is already facing political turmoil, economic collapse and the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 170 people have died, thousands have been left injured and many are in urgent need of basic assistance, shelter, and medical care.
Our teams in Lebanon were already working around the clock to protect the most vulnerable children.
We know that in a disaster like this, children will be afraid, and may be injured or have lost their homes. This is a deeply shocking experience for any child.
Save the Children already works extensively across Lebanon and the communities in Beirut are well known to us. We are responding to the most immediate and critical needs of children and their families with food, shelter, and psychosocial support. Many children will have had a potentially traumatising experience and will be left with haunting memories.
We're in Beirut right now, providing:
In the coming weeks, we will:
Even before the explosion, Lebanon was struggling with an economic collapse. Recent analysis by Save the Children showed that over half a million children in greater Beirut were already struggling to survive or were going hungry. This explosion will have only made their situation worse. A disaster of this scale will take a long time to recover from and we are still in the emergency phase.
Children in Lebanon are more vulnerable than ever.