In 10 seconds, their world changed.
The explosion killed at least 180 people, wounded 6,000, and displaced another 300,000.
It rocked Beirut, a city already struggling to find its feet amidst COVID-19, political unrest, and a refugee crisis.
As a Syrian refugee and member of the LGBTQ community, Basel Dakak was already facing steep challenges. He had fled blasts in Syria only to be injured in the explosion in Lebanon, but that hasn’t stopped him from championing others in need and rebuilding the place that he now calls home.
Mohamad El Hajj was born in Lebanon and has dedicated his life to building bridges and amplifying marginalized voices. After experiencing the traumatic explosion, he saw people of Lebanon (this includes all the communities in Lebanon – citizens, Syrians… etc.) pull together to feed and house each other. He knew such compassion needed a platform. Now, he helps to lead “#OneAct,” a campaign by Search for Common Ground Lebanon recognizing and thanking the everyday heroes, like Basel, who are helping their community. The campaign shares vital information about the many incredible initiatives and resources to help those who need it most.
The explosion may have shaken their world, but in the rubble, Basel and Mohamad found a common purpose. Together they can help their city.
Come hear their story on Thursday, Sept. 17th at 18:30 (CEST). Join us for this special Pathfinder’s Perspective event as part of Peace Action Week’s focus on cities. We’ll be taking your questions live!