With a failing economy and coronavirus wreaking havoc, Lebanon has been on the brink of collapse for months now. On Tuesday things took a turn for the worst after a major explosion rocked Beirut, killing 137 people and injuring 5,000.
Lebanese President Michel Aoun confirmed that the explosion was caused by 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in a warehouse in the city’s port. The devastating accident has left Lebanese people placing further blame onto authorities, who are said to have completely neglected the highly explosive chemical for years, ultimately causing this week’s blast.
Taking the Lebanese government’s notorious corruption schemes into consideration, urgent calls have been made by Lebanese citizens, to the rest of the world, to ensure that they avoid donating to political organizations. As a result, a number of initiatives have emerged—among them is a print sale by Turkish photographer Olgaç Bozalp.
The photographer partnered up with a local activist and Beirut-based filmmaker Jude Chehab, will all proceeds of the print sale going to local families in need.
“For 10 days I will be selling 10 signed photographs, any photograph from my archive,” Bozalp announced in an Instagram post.
Each photograph will run for $250, and can be shipped anywhere in the world. Bozalp is well-known for his work in and around the Arab world, documenting himself and his father as they explore the region, from Oman to Jordan – and of course, Lebanon.
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*ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO BEIRUT RELIEF FUNDS* For the next 10 days I will be selling 10 signed photographs, any photograph from my archive can be purchased. 30 x 40 cm. For £250 + £10 delivery. (Anywhere in the world) All proceeds will go to local families on the ground through Jude Chehab, an activist and filmmaker in Beirut. @judechehab Mohsene, Beirut, January 2017 Please email [email protected] Repost this!! * One per customer. No two same photographs can be sold.
To order, all you have to do is email Bolzalp and the funds will be directly processed to Chehab.