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ISTAT FOUNDATION

After the Cameras and
News Crews Leave

Cleveland-based MedWish International
is an organization that redirects surplus
medical supplies and equipment to
provide humanitarian aid and is one of
Airlink's nonprofit relief partners.

by Steve Smith
CEO and President, Airlink

T

he advent of
24-hour news is
frequently blamed
for shortening the
human attention
span when it comes
to world affairs.
In the social media age, we have
shortened attention spans still further
and turbocharged the need for ever
more stimulus and the pursuit of " new. "
For disaster relief organizations,
like Airlink, this is a double-edged
sword. It provides us with space and
opportunities to highlight issues and
critical events to interested audiences,
supporters and sponsors on social
media platforms and through press
releases, with no shortage of outlets
willing to pick them up. It has also
allowed us to develop a community
around what we do.
The negative is obvious. While an
initial news story captures attention,
the length of time it embeds itself in

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* T H E O F F I C I A L P U B L I C AT I O N O F I S TAT

Airlink and our airline and nonprofit partners have
successfully fulfilled 11 projects to Beirut, supporting 13
nonprofits to move tens of thousands of pounds of highpriority relief aid, including medical supplies.
the human consciousness seems to
decrease year on year.
An example of this is the industrial
explosion in Beirut. On 4 August
2020, in a portside warehouse in the
Lebanese capital, a neglected stockpile
of ammonium nitrate caught fire and
then exploded.
The imagery from that day was
shocking, and the human impact
more so. Six thousand wounded, 200
dead and 300,000 made temporarily
homeless. Worse still, the explosion
happened next to a set of grain silos
and near humanitarian aid warehouses,
destroying an estimated 80% of the

country's grain stores and much of
the supply of relief materials that were
needed to address the dueling crises of
COVID-19 and Syrian refugees.
According to a team at the
University of Sheffield, the explosion
was so violent that it was equivalent to
1,500 tons of TNT, about a 10th of the
intensity of the nuclear bomb dropped
on Hiroshima in 1945.
At the time of the disaster, Lebanon
was dealing with an economic crisis.
Shortly after, Lebanon's deeply
distrusted government was forced
to resign due to a lack of public
confidence and accusations of deep



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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2020
From the President
News & Events
Perspectives: Q&A With Rich Wiley of SKY Leasing
Winds of Change
10 Years of Air Shows
ISTAT Foundation
Appraisal: Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 767-300ER
At a Glance: Peter Hopkins
Advertiser Index
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2020 - Perspectives: Q&A With Rich Wiley of SKY Leasing
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2020 - Appraisal: Airbus A330-300 and Boeing 767-300ER
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ISTAT Jetrader - Winter 2020 - At a Glance: Peter Hopkins
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