Living and working in the communities they serve
Islamic Relief works in some of the world’s most fragile areas. And whilst we have a comprehensive security policy and rigorous procedures to protect our staff and volunteers, we sadly cannot always keep them safe.
Just a few months ago Hamdi Abo Abdullah Al-ahmadi was out in Hodeida delivering aid. A driver for Islamic Relief in war-torn Yemen, Hamdi had been supporting our desperately needed emergency relief efforts.
He stopped at a roadside garage, less than a kilometre from our office.
But in Yemen – now gripped by the world’s worst humanitarian crisis – even an ordinary, everyday task can expose people to great risk. And our humanitarian workers, who live and work in the communities they serve, are no different.
While Hamdi changed a tyre, a stray bullet hit and killed him.
Risking their lives to help vulnerable people
Nebras Elhelow, 27, also risked his life every day to deliver aid amidst Syria’s brutal conflict.
He had cut short his university studies to devote himself to humanitarian relief across his home region of northern Hama.
A dedicated Islamic Relief volunteer, Nebras spent his nights working on construction sites and in bakeries so he could help others during the day.
He lived with his wife in a single room in an abandoned building alongside families driven from their homes by the violence. Sadly their only child, Shaam, died at just three weeks old. The healthcare system was close to collapse and her illness could not be treated.
The couple were frequent visitors to his parents’ home. They were there the day in 2015 when an airstrike came as Nebras prepared to head out to an aid distribution.
Nebras sustained massive injuries. His legs were amputated, and he lost his fight for life shortly afterwards. His brother, Omran, also died that day.