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What the Killing of Shireen Abu Akleh Should Mean for All of Us

by Anera

May 13, 2022

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We at Anera are deeply saddened and angered by the brutal killing this week of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in Jenin. Abu Akleh was a pioneer of her generation. And for our Palestinian colleagues, she has been one of the most trusted voices broadcasting news covering their lives and plights, and highs and…

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An Update on our Community Environmental Health Project in 2022

by Anera

Apr 21, 2022

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Anera’s UNICEF-funded Empowered Communities in Action project in Lebanon organizes activities that promote healthy behaviors. Our outreach includes topics like protecting the environment, menstrual well-being, and COVID-19 prevention. We also distribute hygiene supplies through the project. And young people earn cash-for-work helping us to carry out the activities, including many women leaders.  Anera’s door-to-door COVID…

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COVID-19 in Palestine: A Lockdown Within a Lockdown

by Anera

Feb 14, 2022

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COVID-19 is a scourge that spares no society, rich or poor. Palestine is no exception. But Palestine’s precarious situation makes treating the virus and stemming its spread much more difficult. Inadequate healthcare, water and sanitation infrastructure, and resources limit Palestine’s ability to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The World Health Organization reports that in the…

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KN95 Face Masks From Distribute Aid Help Protect Lebanon

by Anera

Feb 10, 2022

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Thanks to a donation of 1.5 million masks by Distribute Aid, Anera is now distributing KN95 face masks to our partners and their patients across Lebanon. These masks will help Lebanon to manage and contain the spread of COVID-19 and its new variants.

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Flooding in Gaza

Jan 26, 2022

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We didn’t expect the storms that hit Gaza. It has been raining off and on for two weeks. At times it has been really intense. If Gaza receives more than 20 millimeters of rain, flooding happens. Just in three hours last week the floods started. Flooding affects all aspects of water delivery and management in…

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Hope, Pride and the Lebanon Elections

Nov 16, 2021

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Things are really bad in Lebanon on every front. Everybody complains about governance issues. One way to bring about change is through the elections that are coming up. The legislative elections are scheduled for March 27, 2022, but diaspora voter registration closes in just a few days. There’s a great website called Sawti Voice that…

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Coming Together to Make a Difference

by Anera

Oct 25, 2021

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This post is featured in our fall 2021 newsletter. The last year-plus brought coronavirus to the world; economic collapse in Lebanon and a massive explosion that rocked Beirut; more encroachment of settlements in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem; and another bombardment of Gaza, as well as the continued blockade. But the Anera community met…

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A Scary Time in Lebanon

Oct 15, 2021

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Yesterday was a scary day in Beirut. Protests and gunfire went on for many hours. Many of the bullets were flying very near Anera’s office. Six people died and more than 30 were injured. Thankfully, our staff was able to evacuate the office and get home safely. I am really concerned about the safety of…

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A Timeline of Crises in Lebanon

by Anera

Oct 15, 2021

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Lebanon is in survival mode. Yesterday hours of protests and gunfire killed six people and injured more than 30. The economy has collapsed, there is no functioning government, families have only a few hours of electricity a day and the healthcare system is struggling to stay afloat. We’ve created a timeline to show you how…

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Anera Celebrates Its 53rd Annual Gala

by Anera

Oct 4, 2021

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Coming Together With Hope Anera held its 2021 Global Gala on Friday, October 2. For the second year in a row, the primary event was virtual. Anera hosted a small, in-person viewing party in Washington, DC for vaccinated members of the board of directors, staff, sponsors and honorary hosts. Taking advantage of the online format,…

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