BEIRUT, Lebanon – The UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, right this moment concluded a go to to Lebanon throughout which he affirmed UNHCR’s speedy assist to over 100,000 individuals who have been severely affected by the blast that devastated the capital, Beirut, on four August.
This assist goals to supply emergency housing repairs and trauma counselling to Lebanese, refugees and different affected populations.
Throughout his go to, Grandi noticed the devastating affect of the blast, and listened to the plight of Lebanese and refugee households. From Beirut, he known as on the worldwide group to proceed their beneficiant assist and stand by the folks of Lebanon at this making an attempt time.
“The state of affairs may be very tough. Lebanon is enduring a number of challenges – the swirling financial disaster, the COVID-19 pandemic, the affect of the Syrian battle – and now, this horrible explosion. All of us have a job to play within the response – we can not let folks sleep within the open, and not using a roof and privateness, uncovered to meals insecurity, lack of water and medication.”
He added: “Allow us to not overlook that Lebanon hosts the most important variety of refugees per capita on the earth. The folks of Lebanon have sheltered Palestinian, Iraqi and Syrian refugees for many years. It's not the time for the worldwide group to go away Lebanon alone in its personal hour of want. I'm right here to say to all affected communities – Lebanese, refugees, and plenty of others – that we'll do all the pieces we are able to to assist them overcome this hardship.”
UNHCR is mobilizing a complete of US$35 million for its emergency response to the hardest-hit and most weak households in Beirut. This bundle contains US$32.6 million for shelter interventions and US$2.four million for cover actions for the following three months.
The Excessive Commissioner mentioned the state of affairs with the President of the Republic, the caretaker Prime Minister, and a number of other native and central officers.
Grandi additionally met with the Lebanese Pink Cross (LRC) to reaffirm to the 2 organizations’ partnership, notably on the emergency shelter response. UNHCR is focusing on 100,000 most severely affected people and has instantly dispatched its present in-country stockpile of emergency shelter kits to distribute each straight and thru companions together with Medair, ACTED, Intersos, Save the Kids, Solidarités Worldwide, Concern, PU-Ami, and Leb Reduction.
Throughout a go to of the devasted neighbourhoods within the capital, Grandi witnessed the emergency response delivered by UNHCR and companions. Over 3,140 shelter kits have already been distributed to the worst-affected households, benefiting over 10,000 folks thus far.
“It was stunning to see first-hand the dimensions of the destruction, however it's the human price of this catastrophe that's actually heartbreaking,” Grandi stated. “The households I met have suffered horrible bodily and psychological accidents, however regardless of all the pieces they continue to be decided to rebuild their houses and their lives.”
UNHCR and companions are additionally offering authorized help to get better misplaced paperwork and above all, psychological first help and psychosocial assist to assist folks heal from the trauma attributable to the blast.
Throughout his go to, the Excessive Commissioner additionally assessed UNHCR’s assist to the nationwide COVID-19 response in Lebanon. He visited Tripoli Governmental Hospital the place UNHCR funded a 43-bed COVID-19 enlargement. Grandi additionally visited an isolation heart supported by UNHCR in Akkar, northern Lebanon, which was absolutely geared up to obtain people from all nationalities who have to self-isolate and would not have the capability to take action at dwelling.
UNHCR’s COVID-19 assist to hospitals will cowl 800 further beds and 100 further ICU beds in whole, together with ventilators and different superior tools, in addition to medication shares. Since February, UNHCR groups deployed all efforts to construct devoted hospital enlargement services or rehabilitate present unused sections and refurbish them with new medical tools. The latter will stay the property of the hospitals after the pandemic, with the purpose to treatment many extra sufferers lengthy after COVID-19.
In mild of the speedy unfold of the virus in current weeks, UNHCR is at the moment fast-tracking the deployment of ventilators and different ICU tools to hospitals throughout the nation to assist them face the rise in affected person admissions.
Throughout his go to, Grandi determined to allocate an extra US$3million to bolster UNHCR’s COVID-19 response, along with the beforehand allotted US$40 million.
All through the go to, the Excessive Commissioner met with refugee households, and heard accounts of rising hardship and challenges. In current months and on account of the deepening financial and monetary disaster that was exacerbated by COVID-19, the proportion of refugees dwelling beneath the acute poverty line jumped from 55 per cent to over 75 per cent right this moment.
“Refugee and Lebanese communities are pushed additional down into poverty and vulnerability on account of the financial disaster, the implications of the pandemic and now the tragic explosion in Beirut, and want our pressing assist right this moment”, stated Grandi. “We're working with humanitarian companions and the donor group to make sure that all folks in Lebanon aren't forgotten – they want our assist now greater than ever earlier than.”
For extra info on this matter, please contact:
- In Beirut, Lisa Abou Khaled, [email protected], +961 71 880 070
- In Amman, Rula Amin, [email protected], +962 790 04 58 49
- In Amman, Andreas Kirchhof, [email protected], +962 791 825 473
- In Geneva, Andrej Mahecic, [email protected], +41 79 642 97 09
- In New York, Kathryn Mahoney, [email protected], +1 347 443 7646