WATERTOWN–The Armenian Relief Society Inc. Central Executive issued an urgent appeal to Armenia’s around the world regarding the worsening humanitarian situation in Lebanon. Below is the text of the appeal.
Urgent Need for Food and Medicine in Lebanon
Since our July 20 appeal–the ruthless violence victimizing the people and cities of Lebanon continues with renewed impetus–in full view of the world community–creating an extremely precarious situation for the traumatized communities of the beleaguered country. Already–one full quarter of Lebanon’s entire population has been turned into a mass of homeless refugees–in need of immediate humanitarian assistance.
Faced with deteriorating conditions–in order to meet the multiplying needs of the people–an interdenominational Board of Assistance was formed in Beirut–headquartered in the offices of the Armenian Relief Cross of Lebanon.
In view of the depletion of the country’s indispensable provisions–particularly those of food and medicine–the ARS Central Executive Board has already sent $20,000 to the Board of Assistance–to help cover the purchase of immediate needs. Now–we appeal to all our communities–around the world–to extend a helping hand to our brothers and sisters–the elderly and the children who find themselves on the verge of total disaster–facing an uncertain future–in a hostile environment. Fellow Armenia’s–since our first Appeal–the hundreds of displaced persons who had taken refuge in the Armenian school buildings and athletic fields of Bourdj Hammoud–today can be counted in the tens of thousands–creating a critical situation–getting worse by the hour.
In response to this heightening tragedy–we ask you to rush your generous contributions to the offices of your local ARS office–with checks made out to ARS Lebanese Relief.