My friend Mandee's sister and young nephews (ages 1 and 2), American citizens, are stuck in Southern Lebanon, with little hope of getting out anytime soon, unless they can somehow get themselves to Beirut, amidst all the bombing.
Despite reports on CNN that the State Department will be evacuating all American citizens, this does not appear to be the case. Mandee spoke with the State Department who told her that they don't have the helicopters to go and get those not already in Beirut, so more or less, they're on their own.
If you'd like to help, please contact your senators and represenatives. Mandee's even drafted a form letter, if you care to use it. Thanks.
Dear Senator ___:
I am writing to urge you to support an UNCONDITIONAL CEASE FIRE in Lebanon. I have family (or friends) in Southern Lebanon; American citizens who cannot be evacuated due to the conditions there. They are Neda Hourani, Najeeb Hourani (age 2) and Yohanna Hourani (1 year). They are in Meryjayoun and are registered with the State department. I was dismayed and horrified to hear that the plan the administration had to deal with the crisis was to let Israel continue bombing for another week before beginning diplomatic talks. This is an ill conceived and unacceptable policy. Hundreds of innocent civilians are being killed, and Lebanon is being destroyed, all while the United States stands by and does nothing. I urge you to advocate for more immediate action. I know you have condemned the attacks on Israel, but I hope you will stand up at this point to stop the disproportionate response.