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COVID-19 in Lebanon and Palestine: Anera Response Log

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May 22, 2020

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We will update this log regularly to provide an ongoing report back to donors on the ways Anera is responding during this COVID-19 crisis. We will also be providing occasional updates about conditions on the ground and our staff. Please visit and share this page often! We are also creating Arabic-language COVID-19 health materials addressing…

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On This Land | على هذه الأرض

by Anera

Apr 22, 2020

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We have on this land that which makes life worth living We have on this land all of that which makes life worth living The opening lines of famed Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish’s poem are an apt reminder that we are all responsible for preserving and protecting the lands we call home. Refugees have a…

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A letter to the U.S. Administration from humanitarian organizations

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Apr 6, 2020

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On Friday, April 3, Anera joined 13 other humanitarian organizations in urging the State Department and USAID to resume funding for humanitarian and development programs in the West Bank and Gaza to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The other signatory organizations are the Alliance for Middle East Peace (ALLMEP), CARE, Catholic Relief Services (CRS),…

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Anera’s Lebanon Work in the COVID-19 Era

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Mar 26, 2020

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“What does it mean when you shut down a country that was already impoverished and broken?” This is the question Anera’s country director Samar El Yassir poses. No one knows the answer yet, but, based on the facts we know, it can’t be good. Most businesses are closed, which means that day laborers, drivers, and…

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An update on our work during the pandemic

by Anera

Mar 19, 2020

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Anera is carefully following the COVID-19 pandemic and what it means for our people, partners and programs. Our thoughts and best wishes for health and safety are with everyone in the Anera family  – staff, donors, partners, funders, and most particularly the Palestinians, Syrians, Lebanese and Jordanians living in the vulnerable communities where we work…

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Updates from Lebanon

by Anera

Mar 10, 2020

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October 17, 2019 marked the onset of ongoing public protests in Lebanon in which hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets nationwide. A series of mismanaged crises that hit the country in the preceding weeks, including a dollar shortage, gas stations on strike, and taxes imposed on basic commodities and services, triggered…

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Update from Gaza

by Anera

Nov 13, 2019

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Conflict between Gaza and Israel is once again escalating this week. The following account of the current situation for civilians in Gaza comes from a call with an Anera Gaza staff member. “It was quiet for about 6 hours overnight but the bombing started again at around dawn. “We’re all so tired of this in…

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Wildfires and mass protests – an update from Anera Lebanon

Oct 25, 2019

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I am writing this from home because we haven’t been able to go to the office. This is now the ninth day of demonstrations. The day before yesterday the protests accelerated and there are now more roadblocks. Even if you live in Beirut you won’t be able to get from neighborhood to neighborhood in a…

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10 Ways to Help Refugees on World Refugee Day

by Anera

Jun 17, 2019

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Dealing with the flood of refugees worldwide has become the world’s main humanitarian crisis. A decade ago, roughly 38 million people had been forced to flee their homes because of persecution or war. According to the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), that number stood at 68.5 million at the start of…

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On-the-Ground | U.S. Funding Cuts to Palestine: The Impact on Programs and People

by Anera

May 28, 2019

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In an abrupt end to nearly 50 years of bipartisan support for Palestinian assistance, in August 2018, the U.S. administration announced it was pulling over $500 million in budgeted aid to Palestinians for the fiscal year ($200 million in bilateral aid for USAID, $300 million for UNRWA). Assistance administered by the United States Agency for…

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