For two weeks now, the situation in Lebanon has been worsening once again – Cap Anamur is helping despite the catastrophic conditions.
Not only since the explosion a year ago in Beirut, the country is fighting against a financial and economic crisis and the prevailing corruption. Currently, inflation is rising faster than ever and many essential goods are no longer affordable for the majority of the population.
For weeks, the supply of gasoline has also become increasingly problematic until last week the situation escalated, because electricity in Lebanon is supplied by gasoline-powered generators. The fuel shortage now caused generators to interrupt their power supply. Thus, since last weekend, electricity has been failing for hours throughout the country.
The consequences of the collapse of the power grid are catastrophic.
There are not enough private power generators to ensure cold chains, for example. So tons of food is spoiling right now, in this already very precarious supply situation. Food is becoming increasingly scarce or is so expensive that hardly anyone can afford it. Vital medicines for the chronically ill have also been unavailable for some time.
Without electricity, hospitals are also unable to maintain their operations. People connected to ventilators or who need important dialysis treatments are at risk of dying.
The collapse of the power grid and the catastrophic supply situation are bringing the country to the brink of a humanitarian disaster.
Cap Anamur continues to provide aid to the poorest in the country
For our project in southern Lebanon , in Sidon, these developments mean that we have to go to our reserves. Until now, we have provided medical care to Syrian refugees in the settlements around Sidon with a mobile clinic. Now we have to coordinate and schedule these missions differently due to fuel shortages.
We continue to be active with the physiotherapy practice, which we use to treat children with physical and mental disabilities, but we have to adapt the transportation of the children to the situation.
We can continue to support the approximately 2,000 Syrian families that we regularly supply with food parcels. Our supply network is so stable that we continue to receive the most important items.
Due to the presence of our project manager Volker Rath, we have been able to assess the developments in the country for some time and have stockpiled some goods.
Volker Rath currently reports on the situation in Lebanon:
“We now have to break into our reserves in order to be able to continue to help. We had built up our storage capacities for medicines, medical consumables, food and gasoline with foresight. Currently, we can no longer get supplies into the isolated country, so we have to draw from these stockpiles. In particular, the absolute lack of gasoline is paralyzing the entire infrastructure. This is not only about transportation but also about power generation. Cold chains are interrupted and necessary, life-sustaining medical equipment is at a standstill. Above all, the supply of water is severely paralyzed. We are saving raw materials wherever we can and concentrating on the absolute essentials in order to continue providing aid to the poorest.”
In order to continue to provide aid to the people of Lebanon, we are also dependent on help.