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Everything Is Falling Apart In My Beloved Country

Mar 16, 2021

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I really can’t believe what’s happening to my beloved country. I think it’s fair to say that Lebanon has officially fallen. I honestly have never felt this desperate and sad. We’ve been through years of civil war, and yet I still haven’t seen it this bad. Things have been deteriorating for a long time –…

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COVID-19 in Lebanon and Palestine: Anera Response Log

by Anera

Mar 3, 2021

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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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Beirut Explosion: Responding in the Aftermath

by Anera

Feb 4, 2021

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A cataclysmic explosion in Beirut on August 4, 2020 killed 180 people and injured another 6,000. It was one of the largest non-nuclear explosions in history. Emergency rooms are over capacity with badly injured people, and medical supplies are quickly being depleted with no restock available. A large swath of the city has been destroyed…

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Remembering the Forgotten

by Anera

Nov 12, 2020

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How Lebanon’s refugee and other vulnerable communities are coping after the Beirut blast and in increasingly dire circumstances | Anera hosted this webinar on October 7, 2020. The transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

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Rebuilding Beirut

by Anera

Aug 26, 2020

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Rebuilding Beirut: The World Responds After Blasts Rock Lebanon’s Capital. An Anera on-the-ground report on the damage the explosions did to Beirut and the resulting response.

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We’re Going Through Another Tough Period in Gaza

Aug 25, 2020

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Last night, we learned that there are four new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Gaza. Though this might not sound like many, it’s a huge concern here. These are the first known cases that have been detected outside of the quarantine centers located at the Rafah and Erez crossings into Gaza. Up until yesterday, we…

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Emergency Response in Lebanon

by Anera

Aug 5, 2020

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You’ve been hearing from us about the dire situation in Lebanon. Yesterday’s events are unprecedented. After the cataclysmic blast in Beirut, Lebanon needs your help. Beirut woke up today to over 300,000 homeless, thousands injured and likely hundreds dead from yesterday’s blast. Your support is needed today to get critical medical and humanitarian supplies to…

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A Brief Status Update on the Explosions in Lebanon

by Anera

Aug 4, 2020

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A massive explosion in the port rocked downtown Beirut this afternoon, with shockwaves felt many kilometers away, as far as Cyprus. At least 10 people have been reported dead thus far, and over 1,000 people injured. Preliminary reports from authorities are suggesting it was an accident. Thankfully, all of our staff are unharmed, although some…

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Gaza Greenhouse Repair

by Anera

Jul 14, 2020

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For many farmers in Gaza, their dreams rest on the crops they grow inside their greenhouses. The economic situation for Gaza farmers is extremely challenging — a day-to-day struggle to earn enough to provide for their families. Anera works with local farmers in Gaza to improve farming methods, construct greenhouses and repair them when needed….

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Lebanon is on the verge of famine

Jul 2, 2020

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Since Samar wrote last week, the situation in Lebanon has continued to worsen. She has updated her text to make this urgent appeal. A headline from the Telegraph this week says it all: “Lebanon heads for famine as pandemic accelerates hunger…there are fears the country is about to repeat the 1915-18 famine.” The news from…

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