On August 4th, explosions devastated Lebanon's capital city of Beirut. The below resources provide insight into the responses of two organizations: the UN and World Vision.
Beirut blast: Here’s how you can help the UN aid Lebanon's recovery
Via UN News
Lebanon: Beirut explosion facts and how to help
Via World Vision
The UN News reports the World Food Programme will assist with food security as the WHO continues to combat COVID-19 in Lebanon.
World Vision noted that approximately 300,000 people were immediately displaced by the explosions.
Additionally, according to the World Economic Forum, Lebanon has a very high concentration of refugees; 1 in 6 residents are seeking refuge in the country.
Sangria time! Sangria, traditionally a wine punch, originated in Spain. According to VinePair, Americans were first introduced to sangria at the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City. Interestingly, Spaniards do not drink sangria regularly, preferring tinto de verano, a red wine mixed with a fizzy fruit beverage. Sangria in Spain is mainly for tourists, but that doesn’t mean it isn't delicious!
Check out this recipe from Kirbie Cravings and let us know what you think of Spain’s most famous drink!
Iced Tea Sangria
Mix wine, simple syrup (or honey), and tea until the syrup is dissolved. Add your choice of sweetener (honey or simple syrup) until your sangria reaches desired sweetness. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight. Before serving, add in fresh fruit. Serve chilled, over ice.
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Is there any better drink than wassail? Wassail is traditionally “a spiced ale or mulled wine drunk during celebrations for Twelfth Night and Christmas Eve.” However, it is also frequently made without alcohol.
We modified this recipe from Food.com, but there a million options with wassail! Try different RefuTea options and tell us your favorite wassail and tea combinations!
2 1⁄2 cups water
6 teaspoons of Cranberry Cheer
1⁄4 teaspoon allspice
1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
1⁄4 teaspoon nutmeg
3⁄4 cup sugar
2 cups cranberry juice
1 1⁄2 cups water
1⁄2 cup orange juice
1⁄3 cup lemon juice
Boil water and steep the tea and spices for 5 minutes. Strain through coffee filter or cheesecloth to remove spices. Return to pot and add remaining ingredients. Heat until steaming.
Delicious both hot and cold!
Makes 8 cups total
Rohingya crisis: Population exploding as 91,000 babies are born in two years
By Kamrul Hasan
As the Rohingya refugee crisis continues, new problems arise. Hundreds of thousands of the Rohingya people have been displaced; now their numbers are growing from simple population growth. Kamrul Hasan of the Dhaka Tribune explains the efforts made by multiple organizations, including the UN Refugee Agency, so assist displaced peoples and their children.
Refugees Stream Across Turkey, Trying to Enter the EU
By David Gauthier-Villars
The Wall Street Journal
Thousands of refugees are fleeing the Middle East via Turkey and attempted to enter the European Union. Turkish leaders recently announced they would not stop refugees currently in the country from trying to enter the EU. David Gauthier-Villars of the Wall Street Journal provides an in depth look into the current situation at the Greek-Turkish border, along with photos by Ahmed Deeb.
Sudanese provides safe haven to fellow refugees in Libya
By Tarik Argaz
UN Refugee Agency
Osman, a man who was previously forced to flee his home in Darfur in the civil war in 2003, is now assisting refugees in his new home in Libya. Tarik Argaz with the UNHCR reports the man has hosted over 200 refugees in the last three years.
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