Children in Lebanon at Risk

Horrific explosions have ripped through Beirut port causing untold damage and destruction.

The latest reports indicate that 100 people have lost their lives, with at least 4,000 wounded and over 300,000 people displaced.

Our team in Lebanon is very worried about the children who have been caught up in the explosion. Children are among the casualties and we are concerned for those who are now traumatised, in shock and without shelter.

The explosion adds to what has already been a terrible crisis for the people of Lebanon, with COVID-19 and economic collapse threatening lives and livelihoods.

The COVID-19 pandemic has already overwhelmed hospitals, leaving health workers exhausted and hospitals working to overcapacity.

UNICEF is on the ground ready to deliver life-saving humanitarian aid, medicine, clean water and food to those in need.

Please donate to Lebanon now!

woman walking amongst rubble in beirut
A woman is evacuated from the partially destroyed Beirut neighbourhood of Mar Mikhael on August 5, 2020 in the aftermath of a massive explosion in the Lebanese capital.

Beirut Explosion: Crisis Report

The port of Beirut – where the explosion took place – is the main lifeline of the country. It is now totally destroyed.

According to the latest information:

  1. Numerous reports of children who have been separated from family members, some of whom are still missing.
  2. At least 12 primary healthcare facilities, maternal, immunization and newborn centres in Beirut have been damaged, impacting services for nearly 120,000 people.
  3. A children’s hospital, which had a specialized unit treating critical newborns, was destroyed. One newborn died.
  4. The remaining operational hospitals are over-stretched and have been depleted of critical medical supplies.
  5. 10 containers stocked by the Ministry of Public Health with personal protective equipment were destroyed.
  6. Five out of seven UNICEF-supported vaccine cold rooms were destroyed in the blast, affecting critical vaccination programmes.

How Your Donations Save Lives

€50 could provide 5 children caught up in crisis situations with life-saving emergency food.

€100 could provide 2 water and hygiene kits containing soap, gloves, masks, buckets and water purification tablets. 

€150 could supply a health centre with enough medicine to treat 24 children.

Please help children struggling to survive by donating now to UNICEF Ireland.

man carries injured girl beirut
A man carries away an injured girl while walking through debris past in the Achrafiyeh district in the centre of Lebanon’s capital Beirut.

Other Ways to Donate

You can make a donation by phone, you can reach us on 01 878 3000, our office hours are Monday to Friday 09:00 – 18:00.

You can send your donation by post to


UNICEF Ireland,

33 Lower Ormond Quay,

Dublin D01 R283.

You can help us reach more children affected by the conflict and natural disasters. Please donate today and help us protect children in emergencies.

In the unlikely event that the funds raised exceed UNICEF’s funding requirements for this appeal, your donation will be directed to where the need is greatest.

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