In the wake of the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, George and Amal Clooney have donated to three Lebanese charities to aid in relief efforts. "We're both deeply concerned for the people of Beirut and the devastation they've faced in the last few days," George and Amal told People in a joint statement on Thursday. "Three charitable organisations we've found are providing essential relief on the ground: the Lebanese Red Cross, Impact Lebanon, and Baytna Baytak. We will be donating $100,000 [$139,000 AUD] to these charities and hope that others will help in any way they can."
The tragedy hits close to home for Amal, who is a human rights lawyer, as she was born in Beirut. Her family moved from Lebanon to England during the Lebanese Civil War when she was just 2 years old.
The Beirut explosion killed hundreds and injured thousands of people on Aug. 4. In the aftermath of the blast, over 300,000 people have been displaced from their homes and Lebanese hospitals are in need of blood donations and resources. Read more about all the ways you can help provide disaster relief for victims here.