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April 16, 2021


Do we still feel the anguish of countless families in Gaza under siege?

The hunger of a child in Myanmar who has nothing to eat tonight?

Or the screams of a mother who lost her child amid bullets and bombs in Yemen today?

This Ramadan, our brothers and sisters are suffering in Gaza, Yemen, Myanmar and many more countries around the world.

Let’s feel their struggle and come together as one. Take a look at some of the places where your help is desperately needed.

 

Syria: Feel her loss

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Laila cries at her house as tanks shell her town near Damascus, Syria. Photo: Tomás Munita.

Laila is one of the few civilians left in her hometown. Here, defecting Syrian soldiers freed the town from military attack, but soon later it was under siege by the army.

From a population of 23,000 people, only 60 families are still staying in the town. Arab League observers were not allowed to visit, so a small group of reporters sneaked in and witnessed the shelling. A few days after their visit the town was captured.

Like many others, Laila has lost everything: her home, her livelihood, and even family members. Inside Syria itself, a staggering 11.1 million people are in need of humanitarian aid.

We are helping people to survive emergencies like this right now.

Let them know they are not forgotten and send vital emergency supplies.

 

Myanmar: Feel his pain

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Rohingya refugees crossing the Naf River to Shah Porir Dwip in Bangladesh in a makeshift raft. Photo: Tomás Munita.

Most of the Rohingya refugees who fled for their lives from Myanmar didn’t have the money to pay fishermen to take them to Bangladesh.

After escaping from their villages, they spent weeks stranded in a camp on the shore of the Naf River literally starving. Their only way out was to build these rafts.

As they crossed the river many of them were intercepted by armed forces from Myanmar. They were beaten, robbed and the women abused as the soldiers looked for money or jewellery.

After searching, the armed forces threw the refugees’ paddles away. As the refugees drifted in the river, they made new paddles with the materials from the raft.

Over 742,000 Rohingya refugees have fled to Bangladesh since August 2017 when violence broke out in Rakhine State, Myanmar.

Let them know they’re not alone. Feel their pain and send emergency food supplies now.

 

Niger: Feel her faint pulse

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Samia clings to life at an Islamic Relief emergency health clinic in Niger.

A lack of clean, safe water can be fatal: no water means no crops, no sanitation and no life.

In Niger, only half the population have access to a source of water. At 53 years, life expectancy is incredibly low, and a staggering 42% of children under the age of five are chronically malnourished.

This is why Allah (SWT) rewards us so much for giving life-saving water. From offering a sip to break someone’s fast, to providing a long-lasting water source as Sadaqah Jariyah, water is a sacred blessing.

Do something incredible this Ramadan: feel Samia’s faint pulse and send life-saving water now.

 

Myanmar: Feel her grief

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Shumi, 30, with her daughter Reba, 10, the only two survivors from a family of six of a massacre in Myanmar. Photo: Tomás Munita.

Shumi’s husband and three sons were killed in front of her – the youngest was still being breastfed. Shumi and Reba only survived because the killers thought they had beaten them to death.

Soldiers from the Myanmar army shot and stabbed her husband. They then killed her three sons in front of her. Soldiers took her and her daughter to a nearby house with four other women, where they were abused.

They were both struck in the head with a knife several times. You can see the scars on Reba’s head. Soldiers thought that she was dead and set fire to the bamboo house.

Shumi woke up when something burning fell on her body. At that moment, she and her daughter mercifully escaped through the burning walls. The other women were dead. They hid in the forest and found some more survivors from their village. They walked for days before reaching Bangladesh, where they now live in a refugee camp.

Shumi and Reba have nothing. No home, no work, no possessions; only each other. Feel her grief and donate now.

 

UK: Feel her cry

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Lina reflecting on her struggles.

When Lina escaped violence in Iraq and Syria and survived sexual assault, she imagined a brighter future in the UK – until the pandemic took away her job.

The stress of making ends meet triggered her mental health struggles.

With 1 in 2 Muslim households in the UK living in poverty, thousands of our brothers and sisters like Lina have been struggling immensely during the pandemic. Desperate for financial and emotional support, communities are in dire need.

That’s why we’ve been providing money to buy food and worked to support the mental health of British Muslims.

Feel Lina’s tears fall and help others like her in the UK now.

 

Prophet Muhammad (SAW) said:

The likeness of believers in regard to mutual love, mercy, and kindness is that of one body; when any part aches, the whole body aches, because of sleeplessness and fever. (Muslim)

This Ramadan, let’s feel their struggle and come together as one.

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