Update from Nahr El Bared and Beddawi Refugee Camps, Lebanon
ANERA President/CEO, Bill Corcoran is currently traveling through the Middle East. In Lebanon he had the opportunity to report how fighting has displaced hundreds of refugees from Nahr El Bared camp. The facts below were gathered two days ago from meetings with the Lebanese Prime Minister, United Nations officials and a tour of Beddawi camp (where many families from Nahr El Bared have fled).
- 20,000 refugees fled Nahr El Bared and are now seeking refuge in Beddawi camp, which originally housed 17,000 refugees.
- An additional 200 people from Nahr El Bared were evacuated on June 9.
- 7,000 to 8,000 refugees fled to Shatilla and Burj al Barajneh camps.
- A smaller number of refugees fled to Ein El Helweh.
- Homes of most of the internally displaced were destroyed.
- Evacuees of Nahr El Bared were left with only the clothes on their backs because many were evacuated in the middle of the night.
- Documents, photos, money, clothing and personal items were lost in flight.
- Cases of diarrhea have increased at the Beddawi Palestinian Red Crescent Hospital from 20 per week to 250 per week.
- Number of depression cases has soared.
- Lactating mothers are in a critical situation because their milk is drying up from stress.
- 50 pregnant women are ready to deliver and need special care but there are no available facilities.
- Doctors are still receiving patients with severe injuries from the fighting. Surgery is constant.
- As many as 50 people are using a single schoolroom to sleep, dress and store their possessions.
ANERA is responding to the critical situation, working through local partners to provide care to those in urgent need. ANERA has coordinated with our partner, AmeriCares, to deliver a container of medical supplies, valued at $1.3 million. It was in the Beirut port on May 30 when fighting began. A portion was allotted to Safad Hospital and the health center in the Beddawi camp.
An emergency supply of urgently needed antibiotics worth $1.6 million is being prepared for air shipment. In addition, another $1.7 million shipment of medical supplies is en route to Beirut through the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services (ACCESS).