A humanitarian worker in montreal of the Red Cross based in the Middle East for years is struck by the resilience of the Lebanese, already aghast at the multiple crises that follow one another and overlap at the country.
Violaine Des Rosiers
“It’s like an evil spell, as if it was baited on this country,” breath Violaine Des Rosiers, representative of the canadian Red Cross in the Middle East, to lebanon in Beirut from 3 weeks to replace a colleague on vacation.
The lebanese civil war, which has chafed the country from 1975 to 1990 has significantly undermined its structure.
In default of payment on its public debt since the beginning of the month of march, the country is now experiencing the worst economic crisis in its history.
Reach the worst
“Five minutes before the blast destroyed my apartment, located 5 kilometers from the port of Beirut, I was on the phone with a colleague from Montreal. I told him that the Lebanon had reached the worst. And then… it all exploded ! ” said Ms. Des Rosiers.
“There’s a lot of solidarity in the communities, the humanitarian worker. People have a need to be. Of course they are going to accept international aid, but the lebanese people knows how to tackle such a crisis. “
The one who has lived through the earthquake in Haiti in 2010 was quickly clear windows, by reflex. “I was waiting for the second jolt, but it was a different kind of vibration,” says she.
Never seen that before
“There are more than 20 years since I worked for the Red Cross, in countries often at war, and I’ve never seen it,” says Ms. Des Rosiers.
The breath of the outbreaks has been felt up to the island of Cyprus, about 200 km from here.
“The nature of the explosion is very different from a bomb or a mine, grade Ms. Des Rosiers. It often seeks to point out a responsible, but what happened remains a natural disaster. “
The concussion would be comparable to that experienced by the citizens of Lac-Mégantic in 2013, “but multiplied by 500, or even 1000,” she said.