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.
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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.
“We’re a bit shocked as to the scale & the force of it. I’ve been around bomb explosions before but nothing like this” - Colin Lee, Country Director, Lebanon, shares the impact of the #BeirutExplosion at his home. We’re committed to supporting all those we work with in Lebanon. pic.twitter.com/YfWOJhvGob— Plan International (@PlanGlobal) August 5, 2020
“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.”
We hear from Colin Lee, our Middle East director, on the urgent need for support & solidarity after the #BeirutExplosion. We are ensuring the health & safety of our team in Lebanon and will be working with partners to support the immediate needs of children & families impacted. pic.twitter.com/bcnZOOw4ok— Plan International (@PlanGlobal) August 5, 2020
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