Forty-five years ago, at the beginning of the Lebanese Civil War, the Armenian community of Lebanon stood together to defend our neighborhoods and its adopted homeland against forces set on her destruction.Over the ensuing four decades, the Armenian community and fellow Lebanese citizens have witnessed countless acts which have wrought unspeakable injury, death and destruction to this historic land. Through it all, the Armenians of Lebanon remained steadfast, firm and united.Yesterday, the unimaginable struck Lebanon again. A massive explosion just a short distance from the heart of Lebanon’s famed Armenian neighborhoods shook Beirut, killing dozens and injuring thousands, including many in Bourj Hammoud and surrounding neighborhoods. The devastation came atop the struggle of a gripping pandemic, crippling economic circumstances, and endemic political strife.The Armenian Bar Association stands in solidarity with our compatriots in Lebanon at this time of great need, and it urges others to do the same. To address this humanitarian crisis, the Armenian Bar Association pledges $10,000.00 to the relief efforts and stands ready to assist Armenian families on the ground in rebuilding in the aftermath of this most horrific situation.