"How can I remove the boom from my head?", these are the words 5-year-old Ayla keeps repeating to her mom following the devastating explosion at the Beirut Port on the 4th of August 2020.
As many of you, I watched, and read, and listened aghast by the catastrophic situation on the ground in Beirut. As the death toll rises, and my family and friends tell me just how bad the aftermath of the powerful blast that ripped through Beirut really is, I cannot take my mind off the children. Little girls like Ayla, or the cancer-stricken children who were at St. George Hospital - a nearby hospital completely destroyed by the blast- now battling a new devastation; traumatized children with a treatable disease, but nothing left to treat it with.
Lebanon's children are in dire need of our help!
I don't ask how children will remove the boom from their head or how children will remove the daily images of their homes destroyed or the angst or tears or ongoing devastation, because I know children are resilient. It's a tragedy that will live with them forever, but we have an opportunity to change how children will remember what happened to their country - which was already in crisis- after the boom? So I ask, how will we help shape their little innocent lives?
UNICEF Lebanon is on the ground providing psychosocial support services, UNICEF is working with the Beirut and Mount Lebanon Water Establishment to identify field hospitals that will require water. UNICEF is working with youth volunteers and 85 + local NGO's and partners on the ground, to deliver humanitarian response to children in Lebanon. No funding goes to any government ministry with the exception of Education which is pending a re-direction of funds.
Lebanon's children need us! Please consider a donation to UNICEF. Any cent is a life touched!