With $383 million, the United Nations announces an aid plan targeting 1.1 million Lebanese
Beirut – Quds Press Service
Friday October 01, 2021 – 20:15 PM
Today, Friday, the United Nations Humanitarian Coordinator in Lebanon, Najat Rushdi, announced a comprehensive collective response plan to meet the humanitarian needs of the Lebanese, migrants and refugees in Lebanon, with a total value of $383 million.
“The plan includes 119 projects with a total value of $383 million, targeting 1.1 million Lebanese and immigrants among the most vulnerable groups,” Rushdi said in a press conference.
The UN official addressed the economic and financial collapse that Lebanon is suffering from, in addition to the catastrophic impact of the explosion of the Port of Beirut and the outbreak of the “Corona” virus, pointing out that the initiation of serious reforms would help limit the deterioration.
“Many people find themselves in a situation they could not have imagined a year ago, when Lebanon was still considered a high-middle-income country. Now, the majority of Lebanese live in poverty,” she said.
She added, “In March 2021, it was estimated that 78 percent of the Lebanese (i.e. 3 million people) live below the poverty line, while 36 percent of the Lebanese are now living in extreme poverty, or 1.38 million Lebanese.”
“Due to the lack of electricity, the water supply is on the verge of collapse while vital services, including hospitals, are severely affected. If the situation continues to deteriorate, it is likely that up to 4 million people, including 1 million refugees, will be affected by the water shortage.” Or they could cut off their water completely.
She pointed out that this situation is “very worrying. More Lebanese families have become unable to afford basic expenses such as food, health, electricity, water, internet, fuel and education. As for the most vulnerable among the poor, the impact of the crisis is so devastating that survival has become so devastating.” Their only goal.
Rushdie added that the plan “aims to provide the necessary life-saving assistance and protection services over the next 12 months and support them in the sectors of education, food security, health and nutrition, water and sanitation, child protection and protection from gender-based violence.”
She explained that in the context of responding to the energy and fuel crisis, the plan also includes an emergency logistical operational plan that focuses on establishing a fuel supply chain to ensure the continuity of the work of humanitarian agencies on the one hand and the provision of fuel to health institutions and important water and sanitation institutions throughout Lebanon on the other hand (within a very limited time period). ).
And while she said that “the ability of a new group of humanitarian interventions is insufficient to provide a lasting solution to Lebanon,” she stressed that only a sustainable solution is capable of restoring the dignity of those affected by crises, and that the responsibility ultimately rests with Lebanon’s leaders to take the necessary measures and adopt the reforms that Lebanon needs. .
The UN official considered that “the treasure and wealth of Lebanon lies in its people with their human capital” and that “preserving this wealth is the best investment we can make to help Lebanon get back on its feet and move forward towards a prosperous future.”
She concluded by saying, “It is still possible to achieve a brighter future in Lebanon if we work together and if we act now.”
Since 2019, Lebanon has witnessed a severe economic crisis, which has caused a severe shortage of electricity, after the main power plants in the country ran out of fuel last July, and reached low levels in other stations, due to the lack of foreign exchange needed to import the quantities of fuel that Stations need it to generate electricity.