Lebanon hosts the most refugees per capita, with people from countries such as Syria, the occupied Palestinian Territories and Iraq seeking safety there. In recent years, the country has experienced environmental and economic disasters, political uncertainties as well as challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Beirut explosion

On August 4, a massive explosion shook the capital city of Beirut, compounding the impacts of an already deadly humanitarian crisis.
The blast caused significant damage and destruction to nearly half the city, including many of Beirut’s healthcare facilities, already stretched thin due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and economic crises. People have lost their homes, possessions and livelihoods. The lasting impacts of this disaster on top of the compounding humanitarian crises in Lebanon will be felt for years.
The Lebanese Red Cross, with the support of the Red Cross movement, has helped more than thousands of people since the explosion and we continue to work around the clock to meet the urgent needs of people impacted by this devastating event.
The Lebanese Red Cross’ work to help those impacted by the explosion is ongoing. Immediately following the explosion, all EMS personnel were called to duty and some 125 ambulances were mobilized. Despite damages to their EMS stations and buildings, The Red Cross actively assisted with transporting people to hospitals, providing first aid and care for those with non-critical injuries, providing shelter and distributing essential items like food, water, masks and gloves. Temporary shelters were set up for some 1,000 people for the first 72 hours. The Lebanese Red Cross continues to scale up its support in response to increasing needs in primary healthcare and support for mental health, and will be providing direct cash transfers families so that they can begin to rebuild their lives.
Thanks to the Government of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross has provided immediate financial assistance to the Lebanese Red Cross as well as 2,000 hygiene kits, which include items like soap, toothpaste, and sanitary items. Donations from Canadians have also been used to provide immediate financial support to the LRC efforts and will continue to support people in need in the time ahead as people recover and rebuild.
The Canadian Red Cross has a longstanding partnership with the Lebanese Red Cross and the Palestinian Red Crescent Lebanon Branch. For more than eight years, we have been working together to meet the immense humanitarian needs in the country. Thanks to donations from Canadians over recent years and previous funding from the Government of Canada, we have been providing support to the Lebanese Red Cross for primary health care, mobile health care and emergency medical services as well as supporting hospitals run by the Palestinian Red Crescent.

You can help

Donations made to the Lebanon Humanitarian Needs Appeal will be channeled through to the Lebanese Red Cross and Red Cross Movement partners working in Lebanon to help those who need it most.

Refugees in Lebanon

Since the onset of the Syria Crisis, close to 4 million people have fled the violence in Syria to find refuge in neighbouring countries including Lebanon, where 1.5 million have found refuge according to estimates from the Government of Lebanon. These refugees are on top of refugees from other countries of origin, making Lebanon the country with the most refugees per capita in the world.

The Lebanese Red Cross and Palestine Red Crescent/Lebanon, with support from the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, is responding to alleviate suffering and provide life-saving support for Syrians in Lebanon as part of the broader regional response.

The Lebanese Red Cross is providing relief and medical assistance through medicine, ambulances and psychosocial support The Palestine Red Crescent Society in Lebanon also continues to provide vital health services for Syrians and Palestinian refugees arriving to host communities and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

As the humanitarian needs in Lebanon and the region become more acute, the Canadian Red Cross is committed to supporting the ongoing Red Cross Red Crescent operations that assist in alleviating suffering in such a complex and challenging environment.