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Lebanon Situation Report

by Anera

Jul 16, 2021

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According to the World Bank, Lebanon currently faces one of the worst economic and financial crises anywhere on the planet. Beginning in 2019, the Lebanese pound’s (LBP) value decreased by 90%. Lebanon’s GDP contracted 6.7% in 2019 and 20.3% in 2020, and in 2021, the GDP is expected to contract 9.5%. The crisis decimated the…

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Updates on the Crisis in Palestine

by Anera

Jul 1, 2021

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We will continue to update this page to reflect the latest on the situation in Palestine (Gaza, West Bank) and Anera’s response. Help provide emergency support in Palestine Despite the ceasefire, Palestinian families face enormous challenges working to recover and rebuild in the wake of Israel’s recent bombing of Gaza. In East Jerusalem and the…

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World Refugee Day 2021

by Anera

Jun 30, 2021

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Did you know that one percent of the world’s population is displaced? That’s roughly 80 million people. Of that, 5.6 million are Palestinian — the largest group of refugees in the world. While it’s important that we honor and celebrate refugees on World Refugee Day, marked each year on June 20, we must remember them every day….

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A Country in Depression

Jun 25, 2021

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After 8 months away, my recent return to Lebanon brought home how desperate the situation has become In 2019, tension in Lebanon had been brewing more and more each day. Prices were soaring, so was unemployment. Shortages in electricity, fuel and water were rampant, resulting in civil unrest which included acts of self immolation, increased…

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Don’t Forget the People of Lebanon

Jun 23, 2021

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“I write this to remind you, Anera’s community, that the people of this wonderful country are still living in an acutely terrible – but also chronic – situation. I believe that change will come, but in the meantime it’s our responsibility to keep people going and offer a glimpse of hope for the future.”

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COVID-19 in Lebanon and Palestine: Anera Response Log

by Anera

Jun 11, 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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Documenting the Tragedy in Gaza

by Anera

May 26, 2021

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We feature here photographs from the amazing Zaanoun brothers, Mohammed and Ibrahim, who braved danger to themselves during the bombardment of Gaza to capture images of what happened. Follow Mohammed Zaanoun on Instagram at @m.z.gaza, and Ibrahim Zanoun at @ibrahim_zanoun.

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In the Words of Anera’s Palestine Staff

by Anera

May 18, 2021

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What we are hearing from our colleagues in Palestine living through the current crisis. Updated on an ongoing basis. May 18 “The bombings never stop, day and night, and they are targeting civilian homes, public offices, roads and the main Ministry of Health offices. Their only COVID-19 texting lab is damaged and no longer operating….

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How You Can Support Palestine and Palestinians

by Anera

May 18, 2021

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With everything that is happening in East Jerusalem, Gaza, the West Bank and Israel, you may be wondering what you can do to help in some way. We hope this page will be helpful to you. There is more than one way to engage, and donating is just a start. It’s also about educating yourself…

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Eid Is Not A Celebration This Year in Gaza

May 13, 2021

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“The destruction in Gaza is huge and the scale of anxiety, pain and worry is unimaginable. This is beyond a crisis, it’s a catastrophe.”

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