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Lebanon blast injures thousands

by Seth Johnson
Posted 8/04/20, 10:54 pm

A massive explosion at Beirut’s port sent a mushroom cloud billowing over the city on Tuesday. The blast was so forceful that some residents thought it was an earthquake. It flattened much of the port, damaged nearby buildings, and collapsed balconies miles away. At least 100 people died, and more than 4,000 were injured, according to a Lebanese Red Cross official who said those numbers likely will rise. People more than 100 miles across the Mediterranean Sea in Cyprus heard and felt the explosion. Smoke continued to rise from the port on Wednesday morning.

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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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Photo by Lazham Gaina

Hope amid Nigeria’s violence

Persecution | Christians in central Nigeria face ongoing attacks from Fulani militias and Islamic terrorists
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 7/16/20, 02:48 pm

Gunshots broke the evening’s calm as Bulus Ali Magaji walked out of his home to buy a recharge card for his phone. The head of Kwatas village knew instantly that whatever was happening was worse than a robbery: the gunshots rattle continuously.

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