In the middle of the afternoon local time on Tuesday, life all over Beirut, Lebanon was interrupted in a flash that reached screens around the world in no time. The immense explosion of materials being stored at the city’s port sent reporters ducking for cover in the middle of zoom interviews, foreigners into shock, and locals into action. Multiple compelling accounts paint portraits of a mobilized, collective spirit taking over the city even as it reeled from the sudden devastation. The same spirit instigated an online movement to support Lebanon’s emergency services in the aftermath, with resources and donation links being shared across social media.
If it seems as though something like this couldn’t happen at a worse time than in the midst of a pandemic, you’d unfortunately be correct — Lebanon was already experiencing a massive economic crisis that risked depleting food supplies to the point of famine. While it’s likely that more ways to directly support those groups providing immediate relief will emerge in the coming days, right now there are only a number of reputable and certifiable points of access to the efforts.
Head to the link in our bio to find ways that you can send relief at this present time. We will continue to update this list as more resources become available, and Passion Passport urges everyone in our community to do their research on the ultimate destination of any donations they might give.
The team at Passion Passport is greatly saddened by the news of the explosion, and offers our sympathy and platform in the hopes that the Lebanese community receives the support it needs at this time.
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