Mindy Belz

Mindy wrote WORLD Magazine's first cover story in 1986 and went on to serve as international editor, editor, and now senior editor. She has covered wars in Syria, Afganistan, Africa, and the Balkans, and she recounts some of her experiences in They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run from ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East. Mindy resides with her husband, Nat, in Asheville, N.C. Follow her on Twitter @mcbelz.

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Lebanon’s aftermath

International | France offers its assistance to the shellshocked citizens of Beirut
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/06/20, 04:28 pm

LEBANON: France is taking a lead among Western nations, with the United States making tentative (my take) offers of help in the wake of Tuesday’s catastrophic explosion in Beirut. The official death toll stands at 137, with more than 5,000 injured and at least 350,000 made homeless in a blast triggered by a fire that exploded nearly 3,000 metric tons of ammonium nitrate at the city’s port.

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Explosion cripples crumbling Lebanon

Lebanon | Massive blast kills dozens, injures thousands, and levels neighborhoods
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/04/20, 10:22 pm

Tom Atema was working remotely in the United States rather than from his office in Beirut, Lebanon, when news of Tuesday’s blast reached him. The head of Heart for Lebanon—a Christian nongovernmental organization that’s worked with churches in the capital city and with Syrian refugees stranded in Bekaa Valley—sent local teams into the downtown area right away to assess the damage and ways they could serve. 

What they saw: Bloodied victims looking for help, windows in every downtown building blown out by the early evening blast, and so much rubble they couldn’t cross some streets.

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Melbourne’s bad day

International | Officials call for additional restrictions in Australia’s second-largest city because of COVID-19
by Mindy Belz
Posted 8/03/20, 01:05 pm

AUSTRALIA: Melbourne is under a state of emergency with business closures added to a nighttime curfew, as the country’s second-largest city tries to restrain the spread of the coronavirus. Overnight Saturday, 13 people died of COVID-19.

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