Beirut explosion: UNICEF expresses concern as 7 staff mildly injured

By Oluwaseun Sonde

The United Nations International Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has expressed concern to children and families affected by the horrific explosions in Lebanon as Seven staff members were mildly injured, one lost his spouse and dozens of staff’s homes were damaged.

The World Body took to its official social platform on Wednesday to sympathy with children and families affected by the horrific explosions, especially those who lost their loved ones while wished a speedy recovery to the injured ones.⠀

“According to latest reports, the death toll could be as high as 100 with 4,000 wounded and over 300,000 people displaced. UNICEF is concerned that children are among the casualties and we are aware that those who survived are traumatized and under shock.

UNICEF’s team in Beirut has not been spared. One of our colleagues lost his spouse, seven of our staff were mildly injured and dozens of colleagues’ homes were damaged. Most of our staff as are most people in Lebanon are in a state of shock”, the world body said.⠀

UNICEF is coordinating very closely with authorities and partners on the ground to respond to the needs including that of health and other front-line workers. “We have provided drinking water to staff at the Beirut port and are supporting the Ministry of Public Health to take out what is left of stored medicines and vaccines in a warehouse at the port.⠀

“Child protection partners are providing psycho-social support to affected children across the city. Over the coming days, we will increase our efforts to reach families in need with much needed assistance”, the body said. UNICEF confirmed its commitment towards the people of Lebanon, the authorities and all partners on the ground. “We will do everything possible to provide much needed assistance today and in the long run”.

The explosion in Beirut who took place on Tuesday, added to what has already been a terrible crisis for the people of Lebanon compounded by an economic collapse and a surge in COVID-19 cases. The pandemic already meant that hospitals are overwhelmed, and front-line workers are exhausted.

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