Just one of the thousands of people who’d risked their lives to reach Italy is Mohammed*, who we’ve been helping through our sister agency, Islamic Relief Italy.
Arriving at the mosque in Piacenza where we’d arranged support for vulnerable people during the month of Ramadan, we discovered that Mohammed was in critical need of support.
He didn’t share much of his own personal story and journey with us. And we understood why.
When he mentioned that his last African stop-over was in Libya – we knew the difficulties he’d have faced…
A living hell on earth for refugees, stories abound of the abusive practices of modern slavery and sexual violence against refugees crossing through – and then trapped –in Libya.
Now on Italian soil after leaving their home countries in search of safety, Mohammed decided not to give voice to his painful memories, but to focus instead on his new life in Italy, despite the many challenges he is still facing.
He showed us the shelter where he and his friends live with other refugees – his new home.
It offers shelter and some sense of security. Mohammed described how it was a blessing after such a long painful journey through Italy, from the region of Calabria in the deep south to Piacenza in the north of Italy where he now lives.
Before we left, Mohammed insisted on showing us their prayer room, where he and the other 22 people living with him gather to pray and remember Allah (SWT):
This is our prayer room, where we are praying taraweeh every night, during the holy month of Ramadan, and [this is] where we will pray for you and for the people who supported us with these food packs.
Alhamdulillah, to offer such support is a blessing.
We learnt a lot from Mohammed and his friends. Their faith, positivity and determination inspired us to continue doing all we can to support the vulnerable refugees who fled their homes searching for safety and a dignified life.
Islamic Relief is helping millions of refugees and displaced people worldwide, and today we urge you to continue supporting our life-saving projects.
Mohammed and many other people like him deserve to have food on their tables, a roof over their heads and something worth living for and dreaming of when they go to sleep.
With your help, we will continue supporting refugees and other vulnerable communities here in Italy, the UK and worldwide.
Thank you for your continued support. You are life-savers.
*Name has been changed to protect the individual’s identity