“People, my people, injured, shocked, bloodied, scared, dazed among the rubble and the shards of glass, my beautiful people, how I long to hug you.” UAF Board member Paola Salwan Daher writes, “We only have each other. Only the people save the people. We will get to work. We will love each other and stick together and support each other if it’s the last thing we do.”
Now is the moment to stand with the people of Lebanon. As they navigate through the aftermath of the explosion in Beirut, feminist activists are rising up and demanding change to reshape their society. Last week’s explosion in Beirut – one of the most powerful explosions in history – has exacerbated the multiple crises facing Lebanon, from political corruption and the economic crash, to the COVID-19 pandemic.
To act in this moment, UAF is launching the Beirut Crisis Fund in solidarity with feminist activists on the frontlines, including migrant workers, Palestinians, Syrians, and other refugees, farmers, and LGBTQI communities, who bear a disproportionate impact in this moment.
As grantee, Palestinian organizer and UAF advisor Sara Abughazal said, “The explosion is only the tip of the iceberg, the future is painful, and people are running out of hope. Keep writing to everyone you know. Keep donating and bringing help.”
UAF Program Officer Elsa Saade shares a song she sings for her city called “Forgive us Beirut”.