Several children who survived the catastrophic explosion in the port of Beirut a year ago are suffering from psychological trauma, according to data announced by the Unicef.
“One in three families, 34%, have children who are still showing signs of psychological stress,” said the group, which surveyed 1,200 families in July., according to the Athenian Macedonian News Agency.
“Among adults, the rate is almost one in two (45.6%),” the UN agency added in a report released a day before the first anniversary of the deadly blast.
The tragedy occurred on August 4, 2020, with more than 200 people killed by the powerful blast and at least 6,500 others injured. Entire districts of Beirut were leveled. Six children were among the dead, while another 1,000 were injured.
During the past year Lebanon It also faced the coronavirus pandemic and an unprecedented economic crisis, which the World Bank has described as one of the worst in the world since 1850.
“One year after the tragic event, the lives of the children are still being profoundly affected,” said Yukie Mokuo, Unicef’s representative in Lebanon.
“These families are struggling to cope with the effects of the worst-case eruption: in the midst of a catastrophic economic crisis and a major pandemic,” he added.
In July, Unicef had already sounded the alarm, noting that almost all Lebanese families who sought help after the blast still needed support, especially in food and other products.
Many people who lost their jobs due to the explosion remain unemployed, according to Unicef, at a time when Lebanon is sinking into poverty, with galloping inflation and shortages of all kinds.
“The lives of children are in danger at a time when the worsening crisis is making most families unable to meet their basic needs,” Mokuo warned.