Updates from Lebanon
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 the outbreak of the protests.
The protests continue and the economic situation in Lebanon continues to worsen. Anera’s programs are focusing more and more on humanitarian response in order to address immediate needs.
To better inform our supporters about the fast-changing situation in Lebanon, its impact on our work, and the programs we continue to deliver, we will be providing ongoing updates on this page.
February 14, 2020
February 5, 2020
February 1, 2020
January 29, 2020
January 25, 2020
January 22, 2020
January 21, 2020
Many protest supporters in Lebanon are sharing selfies on social media to show their solidarity for a demonstrator who lost his eye at a protest.
January 18, 2020
January 16, 2020
Lebanese people from all communities and faiths are coming together to support one another through these hard times. People are utilizing social media tools for positive ends. Many new Facebook groups have been created to exchange ideas, volunteering opportunities and crowd-source social support.
Environmental degradation and the mismanagement of natural resources are also major issues which protesters are calling attention to in many demonstrations.
January 15, 2020
Roadblocks return in parts of the country. Anera advises our staff to check the roads and coordinate their whereabouts (this has been a regular occurrence since the protests began).
January 6, 2020
December 20, 2019
December 18, 2019
December 17, 2019
December 17, 2019
A humanitarian crisis threatens Lebanon. We need your help.
by Samar El-Yassir, Anera Country Director in Lebanon
Lebanon is on the verge of a humanitarian emergency. Due to an escalating financial crisis sharpened by the mass protest movement, the economy is shutting down as are the social services that families depend on.
We do not know how or when this will end. We, and all of Lebanon, hope that the revolution remains peaceful. Civil war is still too fresh in all of our minds. All we can do for the time being is to continue working, as best we can, fulfilling Anera’s mission to provide humanitarian relief to those in need. Read more.
December 12, 2019
November 14, 2019
Lebanon: A Revolution — Inside/Out
by Serene Dardari, Anera Communications Manager in Lebanon
During my last two days in DC, news of the demonstrations started taking over the social media channels I follow. My friends were sharing nothing but posts and photos about the demonstrations. They were part of the demonstrations and just like everyone else, they were angry.
As a Syrian, I could only think to myself, “Is this it? Have the Lebanese people finally reached a tipping point of resentment and suffocation? I mean, how much pollution and deficiencies in the most basic public services can a population endure?” Read more.
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