Beirut blast: How a disaster bought three strangers together from Ethiopia, Ivory Coast and Lebanon

When the Beirut blast destroyed a tower block many of us have been lacking, together with an Ethiopian lady who lived there.

With the assistance of two Lebanese folks she’d by no means met, and Instagram, she was once discovered and reunited together with her circle of relatives in Addis Ababa.

The development collapsed after an explosion, led to via fallacious garage of ammonium nitrate, killing greater than 200 folks, wounding 1000’s, and devastating swathes of Beirut.

Eleni Balcha was once operating as a maid for a girl within the block, however after the explosion her employer had no concept the place she was once.

Karim Kattouf, who lived close to the development, determined to seek for her, and reached out on-line, the place he met Zara Issa, a Lebanese lady residing in Ivory Coast.

Short of to assist one way or the other, she had began an Instagram account to centralise the seek for lacking folks, and in combination they discovered Eleni.

Over Zoom, we purchased the 3 of them in combination for the primary time for the reason that explosion.

Reported and produced via Reha Kansara.

Further manufacturing via Yadeta Beranu.

Filming and manufacturing via Najib Deeb and Abiy Getahun.

Edited via Mark Sedgwick.

Government produced via Marko Zoric.

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