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Yet Another Explosion in Lebanon. What More Can We Endure?

Aug 16, 2021

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Lebanon has had yet another horrible disaster. On early Sunday morning, August 15, a fuel tank exploded in Akkar, one of the poorest areas of the country. The causes are still under investigation, but the explosion left 28 people dead and injured nearly 100 others. This has happened at a time when the economy has…

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One Year Ago, Beirut Exploded. Now the Situation is Worse.

Aug 4, 2021

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It was midnight and I was driving my husband to the hospital for a medical emergency. I travelled through a city cloaked in darkness. We hadn’t had electricity in Beirut for days. The street lights were off and the roads were empty in a place that once vibrated with life 24/7. My eyes filled up…

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Medical Aid Needed Across Palestine During a Time of Crisis and Turmoil

Jun 7, 2021

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Medical aid is needed across all of Palestine during this time. Palestine has been in crisis for the last month. Not just from the war in Gaza, but also from recent events in the West Bank.

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Surviving the Attacks on Gaza

May 14, 2021

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On Monday night, we began hearing explosions in Gaza. This was the start of the missile attacks that have lasted through the week. Just the day before – luckily! – we finished distributing six pallets of medicines to 14 hospitals. Now the crossing for such shipments is closed and we are facing more bombardments of…

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Refugees Endure: Marking 10 Years of Conflict in Syria

by Anera

Mar 15, 2021

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A Grim Milestone March 15, 2021 marks 10 years since the beginning of hostilities in Syria. The fighting has destroyed ancient cities, killed hundreds of thousands, displaced about two-thirds of the country’s population, and created extreme hardship for those left behind and for those who fled. Six million Syrians have sought refuge abroad, many in…

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World Soil Day

by Anera

Dec 4, 2020

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Protecting Palestinian Soil for Future Generations “We come from the soil and we go back to the soil. We must safeguard the rights of our children through the soil we are borrowing from them.” These poignant words come from one of our agronomists in Palestine, Naser Qadous. Naser in the West Bank and his colleague…

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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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My Coding Journey in Gaza

Nov 4, 2020

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Khaled writes about his transformative experience in Anera’s career acceleration program It all started when my job ended, late in 2019. I was a mechanical engineer by trade, but I ran across a Facebook ad for Anera’s Palestinians Leveling Up Skills (PLUS). The program promised high-demand tech and professional job skills training for Palestinian youth in…

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Fearful, sad and shocked in Gaza

Sep 15, 2020

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“‘Fearful, sad and shocked,’ this is how I feel right now,” says Ahmad Najjar. Luckily, we received two shipments of PPE shortly before the outbreak in Gaza. An interview with Ahmad Najjar, Anera’s medical donations program coordinator in Gaza I was shocked when I heard about the discovery of the first four cases of COVID-19…

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Assessing Damaged Homes and Rebuilding Beirut

Aug 13, 2020

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Over the past couple of days, I set out to conduct damage assessments at homes in my beloved hometown of Beirut. I had with me a team with backgrounds in construction, social work and engineering. We confined ourselves to Beirut’s Bourj El Hammoud neighborhood, one of the worst hit by the explosion last week. Glass…

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