CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — A man who emigrated from Lebanon to Illinois decades ago is trying to help those affected by a deadly explosion there.
Habeeb Habeeb set up a fundraiser to go directly to victims of the blast. He grew up in Beirut about a mile from that area. More than 160 people were killed by the explosion on August 4. The country’s government resigned August 10.
Habeeb said people there desperately need help.
“The need is massive,” said Habeeb. It’s a catastrophe of unparalleled proportion. It isn’t a tornado, it isn’t a hurricane. You know, when we had a hurricane here in America, the government sent a lot of aide to New Orleans trying to help. There is no government there. Half of the city has damage.”
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