HI's evaluation team with Hussein and Zahraa in a school in Tyre converted into a reception centre managed by the Union of Municipalities of the Tyre region. 30 October 2023 | © C. Sfeir / HI
HI is helping people who have been evacuated from their homes in southern Lebanon because of the growing violence along the border with Israel – people like this elderly couple, Hussein and Zahraa.
Since 7 October and the escalation of violence between Israel and Hamas, heightening tensions in southern Lebanon has led to the evacuation of 30,000 people. HI is deeply concerned about the risk of a humanitarian crisis in the region.
When the hostilities in southern Lebanon intensified, Hussein and his wife Zahraa were forced to leave their home. They are now living in a school in Tyre that has been converted into a reception centre. Since arriving, the couple’s daily life has been a series of challenges.
Hussein has limited mobility, which makes it difficult for him to use the toilet, for example. As a solution, Hussein has had to wear nappies, with consequences for his physical and psychological well-being.
HI, which sent teams to assess the need of the displaced population, has provided Hussein with a toilet chair, which has greatly improved his ability to manage daily hygiene, restoring his dignity and making him more comfortable in the temporary accommodation.
In response to the emergency in the region, HI is assisting the displaced population by:
HI would like to thank the Start Network and the Luxembourg Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their support to HI's activities in southern Lebanon.
HI is calling on all parties to the conflict to stop using explosive weapons in densely populated areas such as Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. HI also supports #CeasefireNow, an open call for an immediate ceasefire in the Gaza Strip and Israel to prevent a humanitarian catastrophe and further loss of innocent life, and to ensure that humanitarian aid can be delivered quickly and safely.