Hayat survived the Beirut explosion.


Monday, August 31, 2020

Read Hayat’s first hand experience…

Hayat Taleb is a sixty-year-old Lebanese woman who lives in Karantina with little access to health care and poor living conditions. She recalls what happened to her when the explosion happened in the port of Beirut.

“All I can remember about six o’clock in the evening on August 4th is that I was cleaning on the balcony. I started to hear crackers but continued my work. Then the voices started getting louder. I can’t remember what happened next. I opened my eyes and found myself lying on the floor of my damaged house. My eyes and head were bleeding, but my only thought was to check on my children. I found them injured as well and together we rushed to the nearest hospital to seek medical help.

“I don’t know what happened, even the hospital was destroyed. After a long night, our wounds were bandaged, but we could not return home, and were overwhelmed by fear. Now, more than a week after the disaster, all I want is to feel safe. I only want to find safety and peace in Lebanon.

“Life is difficult in Lebanon, even for younger people who are full of vitality and energy, so how about it for older people like us? It is impossible for us to find a job at this age, and in return there is a huge gap in services available for old age.”

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Collected by Amel Association in Beirut.