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Book Raises Funds for Beirut

Tuesday March 9 2021

A new book has been written to help support Beirut’s recovery from last August’s huge explosion.

Levette Callander, a member of the Scottish Palestinian Forum, has edited ‘Taste and See’ to raise funds for Embrace the Middle East, which is supporting Christian partners working with vulnerable and traumatised families.

The book is a collection of stories Levette has collected from friends, family and others about journeys, in different parts of the world, which impacted them in some way. There are also quotes, photos and around 50 recipes related to many of the countries featured.

Among the contributors are round-the-world cyclist Mark Beaumont, ultra-runner and Embrace the Middle East’s Scotland manager Mark Calder, the late Dr Runa MacKay and Church of Scotland elder, and former member of the World Mission Council, Maureen Jack.

The blast in Beirut’s port on August 4 2020 was one of the most powerful artificial non-nuclear explosions in history. It killed over 200 people, injured around 7500, made around 300,000 homeless and destroyed over 75% of the country’s grain reserves. It also exacerbated the coronavirus crisis in a country that was already in economic crisis.

All proceeds from the book, which costs £15 plus £5 postage in the UK, will go to support Embrace’s work in Beirut. To order a copy, contact Levette on

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