Lebanese Belgians organise aid transport of 5,000 tonnes to Beirut
Share article:
Share article:

Lebanese Belgians organise aid transport of 5,000 tonnes to Beirut

Credit: Wikipedia

A group of Belgians with Lebanese roots have gathered more than 5,000 tonnes of goods that will be transported to Beirut, at their own initiative.

Last week, the team gathered thousands of household items that will leave for Lebanon’s capital on Monday night. These include baby diapers, clothing, furniture and cooking utensils, but also food products with a long shelf life such as rice and pasta.

Pierre Hajjar and Fadia Farhat are amongst the organisers. Both are members of staff of the FBEV, a Belgian import-export company for vehicles.

“My father’s apartment was completely destroyed,” Farhat told VRT. “Luckily, he himself was with us in Belgium. My husband’s cousin passed away. I can’t just do nothing.”

In total, the goods will fill three trailers.

Nearly two weeks after the deadly explosion that killed nearly 180 people, including two Belgians, emergency workers are still hard at work to clear the rubble. More than 6,000 were injured and hundreds of thousands lost their homes.

According to the United Nations, Lebanon has been granted more than €500 million in medical care, food and emergency shelter.

The European Commission sent €33 million in aid, and many member states organised individual actions or contributed to the EU’s Civil Protection Mechanism to help Beirut.

Belgium deployed its special emergency aid team B-Fast for on the ground assistance.

Amée Zoutberg
The Brussels Times

Latest news

EU should invest €5 trillion in climate plan, says State Secretary for Economic Recovery
The European Union must invest €5 trillion in its climate plan over the next decade to "retain its credibility as a political project," according ...
Brussels café managers ask for security guards following stabbing over vaccination proof
Managers of cafes in Brussels are asking to be provided with security guards if they’re to continue enforcing rules surrounding proof of vaccination, ...
1.6 tonnes of drugs, 27 suspects: Belgian police bust major gang
The Belgian police and public prosecutor's office arrested 27 suspects and seized 1.6 tonnes of drugs, over €80,000 and a number of weapons in a ...
75% more sexual violence victims seek help in Brussels since summer
There has been a 75% increase in the number of people asking for help from the Brussels Centre for the Treatment of Sexual Violence (CPVS) since the ...
European Commission outlines possible action against the rule of law crisis in Poland
In a speech at the European Parliament plenary on Tuesday morning, Commission president Ursula von der Leyen listed three options for action against ...
PFOS contamination found in air around 3M factory
Months after unsafe levels of the chemical PFOS were discovered in the water and soil in the vicinity of a 3M factory in Antwerp, in addition to in ...
Belgium is global leader in plastic recycling and bioplastic innovations
Belgium is among the best-performing countries when it comes to innovation in plastic recycling and researching alternative plastics technologies, an ...
Lidl reopens all Belgian shops as strike actions end
Lidl has confirmed that all its shops in Belgium will reopen on Tuesday following six days of closure across various branches due to strike actions. ...
Brussels Christmas Market will once again return on 26 November
It may only be October, but the news that Brussels will get back its Christmas market this year means that seasonal celebrations with Glühwein ...
New coronavirus infections above 3,000 for first time since May
The number of people testing positive for coronavirus has skyrocketed to the highest rate since the start of May 2021. Between 9 and 15 October, ...
Brussels Airport adds 10 flight destinations this winter
Some 130 destinations will be served from Brussels Airport this winter, the company announced on Monday, just a few days before the start of the ...
Brussels pharmacies report rush on rapid tests due to Covid Safe Ticket
Many pharmacists in Brussels have noticed a remarkable increase in the demand for Covid-19 tests this weekend, following the official expansion of ...