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Rebuilding in Lebanon

The explosions at Beirut's Port exacerbated Lebanon's hunger crisis. Help us send lifesaving aid today.

Lebanon was already in the grips of a profound financial crisis and reeling from the COVID-19 pandemic. When grain stores were destroyed, families were left with nowhere else to turn and thousands have sunk deeper into poverty in the last 18 months. Today, nine out of 10 Syrian refugee families in Lebanon are living in extreme poverty.

85%

Lebanon relies on imports for 85% of its food

3M

of Lebanon's population lives in poverty

70%

70% of Lebanon’s trade passes through the Port of Beirut

Since the massive explosion on Tuesday, August 4th, families’ smoldering hunger has turned into a full-blown crisis.

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Food Insecurity

Lebanon relies on imports for nearly 85 percent of its food. The extensive damage to the Port of Beirut – the largest port in the country – restricted the flow of food supplies and push food prices beyond the reach of hungry families.

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Poverty

One million people in Lebanon were already living below the poverty line, and now fifty percent say they are worried they won’t have enough food to eat. New lockdown measures are pushing millions more into dire circumstances.

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Financial Crisis

These devastating events came as Lebanon faces its worst financial crisis, with 80% devaluation of the Lebanese currency, soaring unemployment, salary cuts, and thousands of families struggling to make ends meet.

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Support Our Relief Efforts

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is working hard to help those who became homeless overnight, have been pushed further into poverty or who lost their livelihoods because of COVID-19 and the blasts:

Food Assistance

WFP is providing food assistance to over 1.4 million Lebanese nationals and Syrian refugees – that is more than 1 out of 6 people in the country.

Cash Assistance

WFP is scaling up its cash assistance by 10 times to reach over 1 million people across the country with pre-loaded debit cards that can be used for food at local stores.

School Meals

WFP has adjusted its school meals program to providing monthly family food packages. Distributions of take-home rations continued throughout April 2021.

Rebuilding

WFP is provided logistical and supply chain expertise to augment Beirut Port facilities to ensure food stocks were replenished and avert a food shortage in the country.

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