In a statement relayed by People, George and Amal Clooney said they were “deeply concerned for the people of Beirut”. The couple have pledged $ 100,000 to the people and “hope others will help them in any way they can.” According to the American magazine, the large amount of the donation should be shared between “three charities that we found provide essential relief on the ground: the Lebanese Red Cross, Impact Lebanon and Bytna Baytak”, we can read on the press release.
On August 4, 2020, the population of the Lebanese city saw half of the city reduced to dust following a high-intensity explosion in its nerve center. A tragedy which, according to the latest report, has left 150 dead and more than 5,000 injured. Since then, the international community, shocked by the images of the explosion that circulated en masse on social networks, has mobilized to provide assistance to the population who suffered many losses in this period of doubled health crisis. a political and economic crisis that was already raging in the region.
A committed couple
Amal Clooney was born in Beirut in 1978. Her parents left Lebanon for England when she was only two years old during the Lebanese civil war. One might then think that the origins of the former Oxford student influenced this outpouring of generosity. However, the couple has repeatedly proven to be involved in humanitarian causes. George Clooney’s involvement in Darfur was praised, while Amal Clooney specializes in international law and humanitarian law. Last April, in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis, Hollywood’s most glamorous duo made several donations for a total amount of $ 1 million to help those most in need facing this disease.
George Clooney and his wife Amal Alamuddin Clooney leave their home hand in hand for dinner in New York City on April 6, 2018 © Agence