Dispatches from the Field: From one set back to another, Mariam Chaar's story

08 August 2020
Dispatches from the Field: From one set back to another, Mariam Chaar's story

As Palestine refugees living and working in camps in Lebanon, we cannot distance ourselves from the events that impact our host country. Despite the hardship we face in refugee camps, Lebanon is still our second home, the country we grew up in. 

Over this past year, Lebanon has been going through the worst social, economic and health crisis, especially with the outbreak of Corona all the way to the “earthquake” that shook Beirut on 4 August 2020.

I didn’t believe the news when I first heard it. When we went out to the street, we were shocked by what looked like the aftermath of an earthquake. It brought back memories of devastation we had already lived through before.

We feel for the people of Beirut and immediately launched an initiative at the Soufra program of the Women’s Program Association. This effort will feed the families who have lost their homes and feed the volunteers who are working around the clock to assist those in need.

The ability to offer help to your fellow human beings in times of need is the minimum we feel we should do.

From one setback to another