Crisis upon crisis
In recent months, Lebanon has been struggling in an economic crisis, coping with almost 1.5 million refugees from neighbouring countries and dealing with the global coronavirus pandemic.
Then on 4 August 2020, an explosion shattered its capital city, Beirut, leaving an estimated 300,000 people homeless. More than 100 people have died, with at least 5,000 injured, while many more have been left in shock and wondering about their futures, and the futures of their children.
Children describe the blast
Sirine, 12: “everyone was on the floor”
Sirine, 12, is a sponsored child with World Vision who lives in Beirut. She compared the incident to war and living in war zones.
“What happened was worse than war. I was walking on the street with my parents when we heard a big explosion. We started looking around to check if everyone’s fine and we saw an older man passed out and covered with glass,” she recalls.
“Actually, everyone was on the floor, and glass was everywhere. All the stores around us were shattered. We tried to help as many people as we can.”
At the time, Sirine thought the damage was on the streets and that the explosion had only affected those who were outside. “When we went home, we saw that our house was destroyed and that my sister injured herself with shattered glass.”