The Beirut port explosion reopened wounds of the civil war and is described by local residents as “incomparable” to anything they’ve ever experienced before. Additionally, it has caused feelings of uncertainty amongst them as they continue to experience recurring thoughts of the incident; “every time I lay my head on the pillow to sleep, I hear the sound of the explosion again,” Aida added.
The psychosocial support focus group, with the technical assistance of AVSI and Armadilla, is embracing UNDP’s people-centric approach by helping those affected by the blast identify the feelings they have experienced, understand their reactions, and regain, gradually with each session, a more positive and optimistic outlook.
“The soul is the most precious thing in life, much more precious than money. I was feeling down and hopeless and if it wasn’t for the support I received, I could have done something bad to myself. With your help, I am improving and that is the biggest blessing”, expressed Khalil Ibrahim Houssam another survivor of the blast.