"We are very concerned that the considerable generous support which SOS Lebanon receives from organizations and individuals in that country will be severely curtailed as infrastructures within Lebanon continue to disintegrate," said SOS Children's Villages Canada National Director Dave Greiner.
"We have major concerns, both for the children and staff who are in Ksarnaba Village as well as for the children and staff who were away from the Village on holidays and are now trying to return," Mr. Greiner
confirmed that contrary to earlier reports, Ksarnaba Village had not been evacuated.
"We can't be assured of the children's complete safety during an evacuation.
Recent incidents of firing on aid convoys in the region have made us very wary," he
"The locations of all four SOS Children's Villages
in Lebanon are well known to both sides of the conflict but all precautions are being taken and SOS Lebanon is closely monitoring the situation."
went on to explain that while the children at Ksarnaba Village are under no immediate physical threat, the relentless bombardment around them is taking its toll.
"Both the children and their caregivers are under an immense amount of stress and the continuous sound of grenades and bombs is terrifying," he
"Because of our long history in the Lebanon, our colleagues at SOS Children's Villages Lebanon have the expertise and experience to meet the huge challenges ahead, " said Mr. Greiner