Lebanese immigrants in Eugene heartbroken over tragedy overseas

The devastation in Beirut extends far beyond the port which was reduced to rubble and the two square miles of infrastructure which were destroyed by the blast.

Posted: Aug 5, 2020 6:16 PM
Updated: Aug 5, 2020 6:20 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The devastation in Beirut extends far beyond the port which was reduced to rubble and the two square miles of infrastructure which were destroyed by the blast.

"We the immigrants who are coming from a hot spot, we live two lives," said Abed Succar, a Lebanese immigrant who now lives in Eugene. "We live in the United States like our daily life worried you know how to survive small businesses, how to make it day after day, and then you come home and you worry about your family back home, how they are doing -- for that we live two lives."

LEBANON EXPLOSION: THOUSANDS INJURED ACROSS CAPITAL BEIRUT

Succar moved to America more than 30 years ago. Now he owns a limousine service in town. Most of his family is still in Beirut, and today his heart is broken.

Walid Saleeby is also from Beirut, and he ran a popular Lebanese restaurant called Willie's in Eugene for years before retiring.

"The free world needs to step in and do something about it -- anybody that cares about human lives, they need to step in and do something about it," said Saleeby.

Beirut is home to more than 2.4 million people, who Succar said have lived with destruction time and time again.

"They live it every day now," said Succar. "Lebanon is a war-torn country and we will rebuild it and they will bomb it again. We ask the government here in the United States to help us -- send something."

Beirut is now declared a disaster zone with no choice but to rebuild.

Eugene
Partly Cloudy
41° wxIcon
Hi: 72° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 37°
Corvallis
Cloudy
42° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 42°
Roseburg
Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 74° Lo: 41°
Feels Like: 46°
North Bend
Partly Cloudy
46° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 42°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events