While being interviewed by Lebanese reporters in the street, a scene unfurled of people yelling at a family to leave their home since the building is prone to collapse.
But, the family insisted on staying since they’ve got nowhere else to go.
Poignant, heartbreaking… That’s what is happening in Beirut…
“People have lost their homes and have no place to stay,” Fakih said. “And those who are staying in their demolished houses have no doors and windows to feel safe. People are in need of help, other than food donations, to get that sense of safety back.”
In a recorded communication from Beirut with the mayor of Mississauga, Bonni Crombie, Fakih recounted that story he had witnessed and pointed out at how serious the destruction of Beirut is:
Moving on with his mission in Beirut, Fakish coordinated with 8 different agencies in Lebanon, ensuring that the Canadian donations were going to the most vulnerable.
He even participated in preparing 10,000 hot meals with the World Central Kitchen. “Helping always makes me feel good about the future,” Fakih said in that regard.
While continuing to strategize for the LCC’s next move, he met with the Lebanese Red Cross to discuss what is needed for the community.
Thank you @RedCrossLebanon for meeting today to discuss your immediate response and what will be needed to meet the needs of the people of #Lebanon. It´s good to see how Canada’s immediate $1.5m humanitarian contribution and year on year funding has made a difference. pic.twitter.com/3t0l5VbbgZ
Fakih and his team also took part in overseeing the distribution of 12,500 tons of wheat, grain, and cereal from the World Food Program (WFP), and supervised the food boxes coming from Canada, in coordination with the Canadian embassy, at one of the WFP distribution centers.
Throughout his tour, Fakih kept being impressed with the Lebanese spirit and how the people are facing this tremendous hardship in unity, working hard together to rebuild their blast-stricken capital.
Last day in Lebanon. This is my awesome team in #Beirut, who have worked so hard to tell the story of what is happening here, and made this trip so special and made me so proud. ???? #lebcanpic.twitter.com/UIGXYfy0yN
Work continues in #Beirut to recover from the devastating explosion. How can Canadians help? By donating to the @Humcoalition and its members until Aug. 24. Donations will be matched, dollar for dollar. ?: @UN