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US News a year after the explosions at the port of Beirut, the Lebanese diaspora remains mobilized in the Hauts-de-Seine

02:40  05 august  2021
02:40  05 august  2021 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Puteaux, le 4 août 2021. Un an après les explosions de Beyrouth, une trentaine de personnes se sont recueillies au pied d'un cèdre du Liban, cours du Maréchal-Leclerc. LP/Eléonore Disdero © Eleonore Diedero Puteaux, August 4, 2021. One year after the explosions of Beirut, about thirty people Collected at the foot of a Lebanon cedar, during Marshal-Leclerc. LP / Eleonore Disdero

"One year already, there, hair pile, day for day. We are all there to remember this Apocalypse. Guilda Ghanem, the president of the Puteaux Lebanon Friendship Association does not hide its emotion. It is in tribute to the victims of the two explosions of the port of Beirut , on August 4, 2020, which she organized a ceremony held this Wednesday night under cedar planted a few years ago by the members of her association , during Marshal-Leclerc, in the city center of Puteaux.

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After the catastrophe,

The Lebanese diaspora of the Hauts-de-Seine had quickly organized the mobilization . It is by many donations of food, clothing and hygiene kits that the citizens of the department had attempted to respond to the emergency . A year later, Lebanese associations are always on the bridge. Medicines and Infant Milk

"After the explosion in Beirut, solidarity in the Hauts-de-Seine was beautiful, remembers Guilda Ghanem. From the fall, we could have sent some twenty containers of essential products. Today, with the health crisis, humanitarian needs are no longer exactly the same as last year. Lebanon needs medication and infant milk. What the town hall of Neuilly-sur-Seine has understood. With the help of the Association Friendies Neuilly-Lebanon, the municipality has just sent 25,000 child milk boxes.

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"Lebanon needs everything, Tréche Thérèse, a Franco-Lebanese who attends the tribute ceremony. I go on Saturday in the country and my suitcases are already stuffed with crashing drugs that I will distribute on the spot. At its part, his friend Sana has already sent a parcel of medicine two days ago.


Video: Lebanon: Walking towards the port of Beirut One year after the explosion (AFP)

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Bougies et gerbes de leurs pour rendre hommage aux victimes. LP/ED © Provided by the Parisian Candles and Gerbes of their to pay tribute to the victims. LP / ED Indeed, despite the goodwill of associations, donations are sometimes difficult to route. The Asnières Lebanon Friendship group can testify: 2,000 euros have been harvested after explosions, but the money has not yet been sent to Lebanon. "After tragedy, humanitarian aid and NGOs floiled in the country, may detail May Rahal. As we do not want to give our prothot to the first vendues, we take the time to pay close attention to the destination of money. We favor local associations and families, "she continues, promising that the EUR 2,000 should arrive in cedar country next month.

"We do not forget them"

in Vanves is the town hall which created the Collective Solidarity Vanves Lebanon, of which Rita Kapro is the coordinator. It does not take any praise on the mobilization of the Hauts-de-Seine for his country of origin. "Still today, I get calls from individuals who ask me what they can do to help us, who ask me about the situation in Lebanon," she says.

Josette and Maurice, they are not Lebanese. Yet they were present this Wednesday night. "We have many Lebanese friends and the situation is very sad in their country, regrets Mauritius. We wanted to show them our affection. "This ceremony is to tell the victims and those who have lost all that we do not forget them," says Guilda Ghanem, upset. So for Lebanese, the mobilization continues.

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