Naji Massoud  “The Beirut I know is gone”

“The neighborhood will never go back to the way it was before. The Beirut that I know is gone,” says photographer Naji Massoud, a year after the August 4, 2020, blast. Sitting on his balcony, a hundred meters from the silos of the port, he had miraculously escaped death. Even if in his neighborhood, aContinue reading “Naji Massoud  “The Beirut I know is gone””

Beirut Blast: 6 months on and still burying the dead

“With the money I received, I bought a tomb in the cemetery for my son. I had never thought of it before. I did not know also that it costs 5,000 US dollars!” says 65-year-old Hayat Abou Chakra showing a picture of the marble tombstone she had made for her son Chady who was 38Continue reading “Beirut Blast: 6 months on and still burying the dead”

حياة، 65 عاماً، فقدت ابنها في الانفجار “أنسى، أحياناً، ما حصل، فأراني انتظر عودته” بفضل المساعدات التي تلقيتها اشتريت مدفناً لابني، لم أفكر في ذلك من قبل. كما أنني لم أكن أعلم أنه يكلف 5000 دولار أميركي. تشير حياة أبو شقرا وهي تبرز صورة تظهر اللوح الرخامي الذي صنعته لشادي ووضعته على باب القبر الجديدContinue reading

Hayat, 65 ans, a perdu son fils dans l’explosion

« Parfois j’oublie ce qui s’est passé et je me mets à attendre son retour » « Avec les aides que j’ai reçues j’ai acheté une place au cimetière pour mon fils. Je n’y avais jamais pensé auparavant. Je ne savais pas non plus que ça coute 5000 dollars américains » souligne Hayat Abou Chakra, montrant image à l’appuiContinue reading “Hayat, 65 ans, a perdu son fils dans l’explosion”

حياة، 65 عاماً، فقدت ابنها في الانفجار “أنسى، أحياناً، ما حصل، فأراني انتظر عودته” بفضل المساعدات التي تلقيتها اشتريت مدفناً لابني، لم أفكر في ذلك من قبل. كما أنني لم أكن أعلم أنه يكلف 5000 دولار أميركي. تشير حياة أبو شقرا وهي تبرز صورة تظهر اللوح الرخامي الذي صنعته لشادي ووضعته على باب القبر الجديدContinue reading

6 months on, Beirut blast still sends shockwaves through determined yet depleted Lebanese communities

Beirut, Lebanon, 4 February, 2021–Six months after the explosion at the Beirut port, Lebanon continues to face multiple and acute crises, with over half the population living below the poverty line and without a stable source of income. No meaningful recovery can be achieved without involving women and local civil society in finding a solutionContinue reading “6 months on, Beirut blast still sends shockwaves through determined yet depleted Lebanese communities”

Ritta, Wounded during the August 4 Blast: “I still see the images of the explosion rolling past my eyes at any moment of the day”

“In Lebanon we have the world’s problems! An economic crisis, a political crisis, the Coronavirus pandemic. And as if this were not enough, the Beirut blast has come to put an end to us once and for all!”. Ritta Hanna was seriously injured on August 4 in the explosion in Beirut. She has a veryContinue reading “Ritta, Wounded during the August 4 Blast: “I still see the images of the explosion rolling past my eyes at any moment of the day””