The initiative, "Beirut Year Zero", features paintings, installations, and sculptures by some 60 artists and aims to raise money to support them and the Lebanese Red Cross, which was at the forefront of rescue and relief work after the blast.
As Lebanon sinks lower into financial ruin, foreign banks are cutting ties with the Central Bank, making it difficult for the country to purchase goods and transfer payments from abroad.
The unique style of using the remains of war and destruction to create pieces of art has made Hayat Nazer one of the most sought after artists of recent times.
The hospital itself was knocked out of service by the explosion, and Soha still cannot get over the circumstances of her husband's death. ‘You are not supposed to die in a hospital,’ she said. ‘This is what is killing me’.
Lebanon’s diaspora, estimated at nearly three times the size of the country’s population of five million, has stepped up to provide assistance following the massive explosion that laid waste to the capital Beirut.
Sunday’s donor teleconference was hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron. International leaders, government officials and international organisations participated, including President Donald Trump.
Since the explosions, people have crowded into the hardest hit districts to inspect their damaged homes and businesses, or as volunteers in cleanup efforts.
“Salam Beirut” aims to bring relief to the affected populations; whose numbers continue to rise as Lebanese officials pick through the wreckage. The first phase of response will focus on providing medical aid, food and water supplies and shelter to victims, which will be mobilised by Sharjah-based global humanitarian organisation, The Big Heart Foundation (TBHF) in coordination with on-ground relief operators in Lebanon.
Lebanese businessman and former prime minister Najib Mikati secured enough votes in parliamentary consultations on Monday to be designated the head of government again after the support of major parties.