Aid agencies struggle in Lebanon

Humanitarian situation "catastrophic"
After weeks of Israeli-Hezbollah fighting, waves of people from southern Lebanon holding white flags continued to travel toward Beirut as major relief and church agencies warned that the country faces a humanitarian disaster because of severe difficulties in providing assistance.

“The humanitarian situation is catastrophic,” said Aline Papazian of the Middle East Council of Churches, a member of the global alliance Action by Churches Together (ACT) International. “We have almost 1 million people living as refugees in makeshift buildings, such as churches, parks or schools.”

Geneva-based ACT and its partners, along with other agencies, were bringing what relief they could in early August to meet the immediate needs of those seeking shelter in the centers for displaced persons that had sprung up over the weeks since the bombardments started.

 

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