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Beirut Blast Vigil for those affected by the blast

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 5 PM Beirut Blast Vigil

On the fourth of August, a series of two explosions at the port of Beirut sent shockwaves through a nation already crippled by the coronavirus outbreak, political turmoil, economic collapse, and a refugee crisis.  The blasts killed an estimated 220 people, injured thousands, around 110 people are still missing, and leftover 300,000 people without homes.

On Thursday the 13th of August at 5 pm, the UMass community, with the support of the Diversity and Inclusion Office and the Office of Student Life, will meet over Zoom to hold vigil and share the stories of those killed in this tragic event. Please join us then to learn more about Lebanon’s history, its connection to UMass, and to stand together with our brothers and sisters mourning the lives of their loved ones and working together to rebuild their country.

There will also be information shared about how to write messages of support and solidarity on behalf of the UMass community that will be displayed on a banner in the New Medical School Lobby.

Check back soon for a resource list so that you can learn more about Lebanon and what organizations are helping with relief efforts.

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