100.000 Families on the Run

by Joachim Panhans,  2006/11/10

Bombs in Beirut

Since the beginning of the conflict between Israel and the Hezbollah, more than half a million people have had to leave their homes in southern Lebanon.

A large part of them have fled to the area surrounding Beirut. Zahraa (left in photo) is one of many thousand children, who belong to the flood of refugees from the south. A few days ago she, along with her friend Seihab and her family, were relocated to Zalka High School, which is currently empty for the summer vacation. Her friendly laugh covers up the experiences from the past few weeks. In the middle of the night bombs blew the windows out of their house, which is located near the Beirut airport. Moved, she tells humedica employee Joachim Panhans from this unforgettable night, which her family barely lived through.

A humedica team has been in Beirut, Lebanon since the second of August. The German helpers were met with open arms, since up till now little international help has arrived. Humedica is planning an operation which will allow for the medical treatment of around 20,000 refugees.

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