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Thursday, 6th August 2020

Drogheda aid worker who survived Beirut explosion now supporting casualties

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Colin Lee, Plan International’s Country Director in Lebanon. 

Drogheda native Colin Lee has been living and working in Beirut for many years as an aid worker. Luckily both he and his family escaped serious injury in the huge explosion that rocked the Lebanese capital on Tuesday although there apartment was severely damaged.

Colin, who is originally from Donacarney, the son of Doctor Jimmy and Hazel Lee, is Plan International’s Country Director for Lebanon.

He said that he found it very difficult to comprehend the scale of the devastation which is extensive, and people’s lives have been turned upside down.

“Along with many other buildings near the port area, our offices in Beirut were badly damaged in the blast yesterday, and two members of staff were injured by flying glass as they were driving home from work.

 We are working with partners as quickly as possible to establish what is most urgently needed.

“Although a full picture of the damage is still emerging, we are very concerned about the impact this will have on children, their families and communities in the days and weeks ahead.

“Huge swathes of the city have been destroyed, and on top of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lebanon has already been going through a social, economic, political crisis since October last year.

“Shops selling essential supplies are among the buildings which have now been reduced to rubble, and many families on low incomes are unlikely to be able to afford to replace their windows and doors.

“We are working with partners as quickly as possible to establish what is most urgently needed and stand ready to scale up our operations and play our part in supporting those who have been affected.”

Scenes of devastation in the wake of Tuesday's huge explosion in Beirut. Photo courtesy of Plan International.

For more information about Plan International Ireland or to make a donation see www.plan.ie

 

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