'Independent' helps raise £32,000 for child victims of war

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The children of Lebanon need our help. Save The Children says that almost half those who have been killed in Lebanon are children. They make up one third of those wounded, and about 45 per cent of the nearly one million Lebanese refugees are under 18. The Independent Children of the Middle East appeal, in conjunction with Save the Children, has raised £32,000 in two days.

Rosie Jordan, of Save the Children, said: "The amount raised does not include postal donations, which is amazing. The donors have been engaged by the cause and have shown an interest when they have phoned through."

As well as financial aid, The Independent/ Save the Children appeal has arranged for household boxes, games and toys to be given to families in need. Each box contains colouring books, crayons and sports equipment, as well as tinned food and wash kits. Safe Play area boxes have also been sent, containing tents, cushions, cooking equipment, chairs and tables, and game packs. Save the Children stresses that £1 will provide enough candles and matches to light a house during the nights without electricity. £10 will help to provide adequate hygiene for a child and £50 will feed a family in the short term. Donate now by visiting www.savethechildren.org.uk/independent or call our free emergency donation line 0800 8148 148.