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Beirut volunteers steer relief effort

Volunteers work inside a house that was damaged by an explosion at the Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 25, 2020. The blast killed around 180 people, injured thousands more and displaced 300,000.  In one of the areas worst affected by the Beirut blast, volunteers loaded boxes containing food and sanitary items into cars ready to distribute to those in need.

Near the port where the catastrophic blast had originated, other volunteers took measurements to replace windows shattered by the explosion. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Volunteers work inside a house that was damaged by an explosion at the Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 25, 2020. The blast killed around 180 people, injured thousands more and displaced 300,000. In one of the areas worst affected by the...more

Volunteers work inside a house that was damaged by an explosion at the Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 25, 2020. The blast killed around 180 people, injured thousands more and displaced 300,000. In one of the areas worst affected by the Beirut blast, volunteers loaded boxes containing food and sanitary items into cars ready to distribute to those in need. Near the port where the catastrophic blast had originated, other volunteers took measurements to replace windows shattered by the explosion. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Items of food required to make up a food box for people in need is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020.  None of the groups organizing these volunteers is backed by the government. In fact, they say they are filling a void in reconstruction efforts that's been left by Lebanese authorities.

"The government should do the work we are doing but we are doing it because we have to," said Hussein Kazoun, originally a vegetable farmer. He and several friends took over an abandoned petrol station that they named "Nation Station", and turned it into a hub for distributing donations. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Items of food required to make up a food box for people in need is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. None of the groups...more

Items of food required to make up a food box for people in need is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. None of the groups organizing these volunteers is backed by the government. In fact, they say they are filling a void in reconstruction efforts that's been left by Lebanese authorities. "The government should do the work we are doing but we are doing it because we have to," said Hussein Kazoun, originally a vegetable farmer. He and several friends took over an abandoned petrol station that they named "Nation Station", and turned it into a hub for distributing donations. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A volunteer carries equipment through a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020.  Survivors now face the mammoth task of rebuilding damaged homes and businesses amid an economic crisis that has left them unable to access their savings.

Other volunteer groups, like those at the so-called "Basecamp" in Mar Mikhael neighbourhood, have their roots in a wave of popular protests that began in October 2019 against state corruption and mishandling of the economy. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A volunteer carries equipment through a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. Survivors now face the mammoth task of rebuilding damaged...more

A volunteer carries equipment through a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. Survivors now face the mammoth task of rebuilding damaged homes and businesses amid an economic crisis that has left them unable to access their savings. Other volunteer groups, like those at the so-called "Basecamp" in Mar Mikhael neighbourhood, have their roots in a wave of popular protests that began in October 2019 against state corruption and mishandling of the economy. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A sign listing the items of food required to make up a food box for people in need is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A sign listing the items of food required to make up a food box for people in need is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020....more

A sign listing the items of food required to make up a food box for people in need is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A volunteer sorts aid at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A volunteer sorts aid at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A volunteer sorts aid at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A map showing parts of affected areas is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A map showing parts of affected areas is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A map showing parts of affected areas is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A view of the damaged grain silo following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A view of the damaged grain silo following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A view of the damaged grain silo following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Volunteers sort glass to be recycled, at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Volunteers sort glass to be recycled, at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Volunteers sort glass to be recycled, at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A volunteer delivers aid to a home in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A volunteer delivers aid to a home in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A volunteer delivers aid to a home in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A sign that reads "Love & Solidarity from Paris to Beirut" is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A sign that reads "Love & Solidarity from Paris to Beirut" is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A sign that reads "Love & Solidarity from Paris to Beirut" is seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A woman receives medical help in the First Aid tent at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A woman receives medical help in the First Aid tent at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A woman receives medical help in the First Aid tent at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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Bottles of water are seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Bottles of water are seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Bottles of water are seen in a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A volunteer loads a vehicle with aid to be distributed to people in need, at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

A volunteer loads a vehicle with aid to be distributed to people in need, at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah...more

A volunteer loads a vehicle with aid to be distributed to people in need, at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A volunteer helps a man with donated clothes, following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A volunteer helps a man with donated clothes, following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A volunteer helps a man with donated clothes, following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Volunteers sort aid items at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Volunteers sort aid items at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Volunteers sort aid items at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 17, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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Safety equipment is seen at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Safety equipment is seen at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Safety equipment is seen at a volunteer base camp that was set up to lead relief and rehabilitation in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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Children go through donated toys prepared by volunteers to be given away, following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Children go through donated toys prepared by volunteers to be given away, following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

Children go through donated toys prepared by volunteers to be given away, following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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Volunteers deliver aid to a family in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Volunteers deliver aid to a family in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Volunteers deliver aid to a family in the aftermath of a massive explosion in Beirut port, Lebanon, August 19, 2020. REUTERS/Hannah McKay
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A view of the damaged site following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A view of the damaged site following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir

A view of the damaged site following the explosion at Beirut port, in Beirut, Lebanon August 26, 2020. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
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