Swiss NGO Calls For Increased Support To Blast-Stricken Beirut

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Once upon a time, was referred to as the of the Middle East. Today, it resembles no such thing – especially after the devastating explosion on August 4.

In an urgent response to ’s catastrophe, donated $554,000 to the .

It also pledged $4.4 million during the international donors’ conference organized by French President .

H.E. Ambassador Monika Schmutz Kirgöz.

After the explosion, has been deploying teams of experts, including civil engineers, logisticians, medical teams, and more to .

It is to note that the embassy of was destroyed by the blast, and the Swiss ambassador to , Monika Schmutz Kirgöz, sustained minor injuries.

Now, the non-profit organization Swiss Solidarity is calling for donations to help survivors of the explosion, which claimed the lives of over 200 people and left thousands injured and homeless.

Swiss Solidarity already has eight partners in that are working on the ground to help relieve . Its partners are:

  1. Caritas
  2. The Swiss Red Cross
  3. MSF/Doctors Without Borders
  4. Handicap International
  5. HEKS/EPER
  6. Medair
  7. Save the Children
  8. Terre Des Hommes – Child Relief

“It is not just about finding survivors in the rubble and providing the wounded with medical care…,” said the NGO, “It is also about the 300,000 people whose homes were destroyed in the explosion.”

Assistance to has shifted from just urgent rescue and medical aid.

Now the focus is on helping fund families to repair their homes so they can regain a semblance of normal life, as well as providing psychological support to children and adults who were traumatized by the explosion, and helping coronavirus patients as the virus rapidly spreads.


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