Lebanon needs help to heal

In this photo taken from footage from a drone and provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry press service, Rescue teams including Russians team search for missing people near the site of last Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Photo: Associated Press
By News@TheU

In this photo taken from footage from a drone and provided by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry press service, Rescue teams including Russians team search for missing people near the site of last Tuesday's explosion that hit the seaport of Beirut, Lebanon, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Photo: Associated Press

Lebanon needs help to heal

By News@TheU
A recent explosion in the port city of Beirut left devastation and an inconceivable scope of destruction.

Michael Abou-Ezzi, a senior currently living in Miami, shared photographs taken by family and friends showing the aftermath of last Tuesday’s horrific explosion in his hometown of Beirut. The blast, which leveled sections in Lebanon’s normally bustling capital and was felt 100 miles away, has claimed more than 150 lives, with 6,000 wounded, and 300,000 left homeless. 

“Homes, businesses, food, and medical supply storage facilities, and even hospitals were torn down, leaving the country nearly destitute. To make matters worse, the coronavirus pandemic is still very much prevalent and spreading rapidly within the country,” Abou-Ezzi shared in a message to University leadership.  

With his heartbreak turned to determination, Abou-Ezzi, along with his friends, is committed to helping his homeland by raising awareness and providing much needed financial assistance. He also recognizes the far-reaching power of ’Canes Care for ’Canes and the potential for his fellow ’Canes to make an immediate difference. 

Majoring in health studies in the School of Nursing and Health Studies, Abou-Ezzi is excited about returning to campus for the fall semester. “Both my education and experience at the University of Miami have shaped me into the person I am today. My time here has taught me to not be afraid to cast my voice, to reach out for help, and to provide help to those who may need it,” he said.

For students who may need assistance, the University Counseling Center on the Coral Gables campus can be reached at 305-284-5511. The Faculty and Staff Assistance Program, available at 305-284-6604, is on hand to support our University employees. 

In the days since the overwhelming tragedy struck, governments, relief organizations, and individuals around the world have turned their focus to helping the people of Beirut respond to the humanitarian impact caused by the explosion and the long road to recovery and rebuilding. 

Members of the University community who would like to show their support can make a contribution to the following aid organizations, which have mobilized in Lebanon to help victims: