It’s been a devasting 48 hours as fires have ripped a path of devastation across Lebanon. Over 120 individual fires burned across Lebanon on Tuesday, forcing residents to flee their homes.
According to Raymond Khattar, director-general of Civil Defense, the fires are the most serious the country has seen for decades. International aid was requested from Cyprus, Greece, and Italy, who sent over two airplanes each in order to help put out the fires.
The fires claimed the life of one brave man, Salim Abou Mjahed, who was helping put out the flames in Aley. Abomjahed lost his life due to suffocation.
The Lebanese people have come together due to this tragedy, as hundreds of people have opened up their homes and businesses to help those in need, while thousands of Lebanese, both in Lebanon and in the diaspora, have contributed financially to several fundraising efforts.
Several ways you can help:
-AHM Beirut is accepting donations (first aid items, medication, water, food) for those who have been displaced.
-Allo Taxi: whatsapp on 78 88 12 13 for information about collection points for donations.
-Arcenciel NGO, which has been affected by the fires is accepting donations to rebuild, http://www.arcenciel.org/donate/
-The Tickelist is accepting donations for the Civil Defense https://ticketlist.com/event/donate-to-the-civil-defense-1571137051288×483272527152414700
-A Go Fund Me campaign was started by youth in the Lebanese diaspora to help civilians: https://www.gofundme.com/f/vvt7tr-help-the-people?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet