ACN Australia Launches National Emergency Appeal for Lebanon
ACN Australia has launched a national emergency appeal for Lebanon, requesting prayers for victims and their families, and raising funds in the wake of the deadly explosion in Beirut on the 4th of August, which has killed at least 135 people, injured 5000 and decimated the capital city. The funds raised will be used to support the most urgent needs in Lebanon (such as emergency food packages) but they will also respond to the physical and spiritual needs that arise in the coming weeks, months and years.
The funds will target poor families worst affected by the blast which devastated the port area of the Lebanese capital when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse exploded. An emergency help of AUD $412,000 is being rushed to Beirut from ACN International in order to immediately support the people.
Speaking from Beirut, ACN project partner Father Raymond Abdo told the charity: “The explosion felt like an atomic bomb with red smoke everywhere and huge damage.”
Huge clouds of red smoke engulfed the sky in Beirut when 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate exploded. Copyright: Aid to the Church in Need.