A week ago a terrible explosion brought destruction and death to Beirut. The President of the Order of Malta’s Lebanese Association, Marwan Sehnaoui, wrote a letter of appeal, which is not only a cry of grief for the battered Lebanon, but also describes the activities carried out in support of the population. We report it in full below.
Chers membres et bienfaiteurs,
A la lourde crise économique et sociale qui frappe le Liban, aggravée par la pandémie du Coronavirus Covid-19, s’ajoute la terrible explosion qui a frappé Beyrouth, la capital llibanaise, mardi 4 août 2020 en fin d’après-midi.
Beirut. On Tuesday evening in Lebanon’s capital city of Beirut, a massive explosion at the port sent an enormous blast wave that devastated communities within a six-mile radius, leaving at least a hundred people dead and some 4,000 injured.
Raymond Tarabay, Partner Coordinator for Malteser International in Lebanon said: “I have never seen so many injured people in my life. Hospitals in the city have been destroyed, many others are completely overwhelmed. Thousands of families have lost their homes and had to sleep on the streets last night. People now urgently need emergency supplies, shelter and psychosocial support.”