Nour Square in the Northern Capital of Tripoli has been the center of this revolution since the first day. It has awed many locally and internationally. Every night since October 17, hundreds of people gather at that now-historical square to show their refusal of the current government and its misgovernance of Lebanon’s affairs.
It is the Square where people come to express their pain and sorrow and it has welcomed people from all over Lebanon. It has shown support to all other revolution squares across the country. With all the crowdedness, as well as the excitement, there is always bound to be altercations or other medical conditions that need immediate help.
At a certain point, more than 50 people needed immediate attention every day. This resulted in the overwhelming of hospitals that are already struggling. Even with the help of the wonderful men and women of the Lebanese Red Cross and the Emergency and Relief Corps, there was a crucial element missing.
On the 3rd day of the onset of the revolution, over a month ago, the Emergency and Relief Corps took a wonderful initiative to help and support the revolutionists. They set up an emergency field hospital in Nour Square, at the Connex Station that was offered by Mr. Louay Harb as a temporary location.
The Emergency Hospital staff consists of professional volunteers: nurses, doctors, and paramedics. No one is forced to be there, and there are always new volunteers stepping in to lend their skills, times, and efforts. Shifts vary according to everyone’s free time. You just show up and help.
In the beginning, medical supplies were all from the Emergency and Relief Corps’ Mobile Clinic. As days passed, donations from doctors, pharmacists, and people started flowing in.
With all these great people around, the revolution was able to continue in Tripoli. They are the heart of the revolution. Thanks to them, hospitals are no longer overwhelmed with patients and injured people are examined and treated for free in the field.