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Tuesday , 29 September 2020
Al Kareem Mosque in Lac La Biche

Lac La Biche gives well-wishes to victims of Beirut explosion

The tremors of the devastating explosion in Beirut, Lebanon is extending far and wide.

In the Lac La Biche Museum, an article titled, Regional Cultures: Lebanese, sheds light on just how prominent the Lebanese population has been on the community of 10,000.

“Lac La Biche is the site of one of the first permanent Lebanese settlements in Alberta and has the highest percentage of Lebanese people per capita (14 per cent) in the province.”

Mayor Omer Moghrabi offered his condolences to the Beirut explosion victims as the death toll now rises to 150 people, and 5,000 people injured.

There were two major explosions that happened on Tuesday in Beirut, both due to 2,700 tonnes of ammonium nitrate, which has led the Lebanese government to declare a two-week state of emergency.

The day after the explosions, Moghrabi posted on Facebook to reach out to the large Lebanese population in Lac La Biche.

“I’d like to offer our condolences to the families and friends of those who passed away, and wish a speedy recovery to those who were hurt,” said Moghrabi.

Moghrabi acknowledges how the devastating explosions has impacted the community.

“This hits close to home for many of us. We wish our brothers and sisters in Lebanon strength and patience during this trying time,” said Moghrabi.

About Bianca Mazziotti

Bianca Mazziotti is a York University graduate with a Professional Writing degree, who found a passion in reporting. She was fortunate enough to get a reporting job in the beautiful hamlet of Lac La Biche, and she has loved learning about the town and the people in it.