Beirut, October 15th, 2021
World Vision in Lebanon is deeply concerned about the armed conflict that took place yesterday in Beirut. It is important to prioritize the safety, protection and well-being of the children and remind all entities of the high risks of injury and death affecting children’s lives in armed conflict situations. In addition to the long-term impact that such harmful situations have on their well-being, development and future. Children hold the right to live free from violence in a safe and protective environment. Violence erupted in Beirut where hundreds of children were stuck in their schools and their lives were jeopardized. As the country is in mourning today, World Vision prays for the victims and wounded of this violence and hopes that the country regains stability and peace.
“Over a year after the Beirut explosion, children had to go through a traumatic experience that adds another deep wound in their hearts. It is important to prioritize the well-being of our children and think about their future. In the middle of 4 crises Lebanon is going through, stability is very important to be able to pass through this phase. Children should be at the centre of our thinking.” Rami Shamma, Operations Director - World Vision in Lebanon.