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Beirut hospitals struggle after deadly port blast | Lebanon

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7-year-old Yuri was receiving chemotherapy on the 9th floor of the maternity unit of Saint George Hospital in Beirut when the shockwave from the port explosion on August 4 hit. 

His father had been recording the initial fire on his phone when the massive blast happened.

“Yuri still had his tubes stuck in him, and his entire cycle was still running,” says his father, Omar Abou-Mrad. “At that point, the very next thing I wanted to do was just to put some shoes on, because there’s debris everywhere, there’s glass everywhere. I could feel them in my feet. I was looking at Yuri’s feet and he was barefoot as well, and he was standing on glass.”

There were several children here with their families at the time of the explosion.

“Unfortunately one of the parents died,” says Dr Peter Noun, head of paediatric oncology. “Two parents are in a very critical case in the ICU, and all this was seen by the patients. You can imagine how tough it is for the patients. They have cancer, they are afraid from the explosion and from the noise, and they see their parents are dying or in a very critical case.” 

Dr Noun has 110 child cancer patients. With his unit damaged, he has been trying to find space for them in other facilities.

Lebanon’s hospitals were in a crisis before the explosion. 

An economic collapse and the shortage of dollars has left them without cash to buy foreign medicines and pay staff. 

“To this day, it’s been very difficult,” says Yuri’s father Omar. “We try to hold it together in front of our kids, but even they come and speak to us about it. It’s everywhere, everybody’s talking about it. It’s on TV, it’s everywhere. So as much as we can try to shield them from this horrible nightmare that happened, we still get our own time where we are very very… it’s very painful.” 

Yuri got a spot in another hospital and is near the end of his treatment.

His prognosis is good and the cuts on his head from the explosion will soon heal. 

This report was produced and edited by Al Jazeera NewsFeed’s Hassan Ghani.

Source: Al Jazeera



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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge

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Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

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Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.

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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?

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The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail

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This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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