A massive explosion rocked Beirut on Tuesday, flattening much of the port, damaging buildings across the capital and sending a giant mushroom cloud into the sky.
In the hours after the explosion that shook the whole world, leaving at least 100 people dead and more than 4,000 injured, Palestinian and Syrian refugees living in and on the outskirts of Beirut, Lebanon leapt into action, offering their homes and their blood to those in need.
Lebanon’s Prime Minister Hassan Diab said the blast was caused by more than 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which had been left unsecured at a warehouse near Beirut’s port for six years. Investigations are still underway, however, to determine what led up to the explosion.
People living at the Shatila refugee camp in Beirut also extended the same offer, hoping to provide refuge for those in need. Palestinian and Syrian refugees had also begun donating blood, hoping to help the thousands of victims injured in the blast, with many left critically injured by the explosion.
Knowing what it is like to feel “scared” and “with no place to go,” many refugees living in and on the outskirts of Beirut have rushed to help the thousands of people displaced by and injured in the explosion.
They know first hand what it means to not be able to sleep under a proper roof at night; they’ve experienced wars one generation after the other; they know how it feels to be scared and hungry with no place to go. So, their instinct is to offer all that when they see others going through it.
Meanwhile, SEMA US has also been working alongside Lebanese humanitarian organizations to support those affected by the explosion, as an outpouring of international support continues to flood into Lebanon.
Our healthcare center in Bekaa, Lebanon will continue to serve the refugees and people in need, and it is open for all of those who need help.
Our heartfelt condolences go to the families who have lost their dear ones. Our thoughts are with those who are hurt and injured.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Beirut and Lebanon in these tragic and testing times.