Our heartfelt condolences go to everyone affected by the massive explosions that rocked Beirut on Tuesday evening.
Although JRS offices in Beirut sustained some damage, we are relieved to report that all staff are safe and accounted for.
We stand in solidarity with the people of Beirut and Lebanon during this devastating time and pray especially for those who have lost family and friends.
Sarah Teather, director of JRS UK said:
“I worked with the JRS team in Lebanon in my role with JRS international before I joined the JRS office in the UK. My heart goes out to the people of Beirut at this time. They have already suffered so much and endured so much. I also saw the poor living conditions many refugees in Beirut already contend with.
“I was grateful to hear from colleagues that the JRS team is safe, though the office and Jesuit residence was badly damaged. It is some distance from the blast itself, which demonstrates the devastating nature of the event.
“We stand in solidarity with our colleagues and friends in Lebanon, as they try to process what has happened and begin the long journey to recovery. We pray in particular for the refugee community, and all those who have suffered loss.
“We ask you to please keep them in your prayers.”
You can read JRS International’s official statement following the event here.