The UN has described the war in Syria as the ‘biggest humanitarian and refugee crisis of our time’. Over a period of seven years, more than six million Syrians have been displaced internally and 13 million left in need of humanitarian assistance.
According to the UN 346 civilians have been killed and 878 others have been injured. The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, has called for an immediate end to the hostilities and described the situation in eastern Ghouta as “hell on Earth”.
Military offensives taking place in Syria over the last few weeks has worsened the humanitarian situation. Since 2013, about 400,000 people have been living under a government-imposed siege in this region. Children make up half of the population of eastern Ghouta and they are bearing the brunt of these attacks.
Escalating violence in the Idlib region of Syria is putting increasing pressure on communities already in crisis. In these bitterly cold winter months, across rural areas of southern Idlib, northern Hama and southern Aleppo, families are in desperate need of shelter, food and healthcare.
International charity launches campaign to change lives of Palestinian orphans
International humanitarian aid organisation, Islamic Relief, today (5 February) launched the Children of Palestine appeal. Through the appeal, donors will have the opportunity to change the lives of 500 orphans living in the West Bank and to support other life-changing Islamic Relief programmes in the Palestinian Territories.
Islamic Relief currently supports 8,000 orphaned children across the West Bank and Gaza.
Washington, D.C. – Today, the leaders of 21 leading organizations involved in international humanitarian response sent a letter to the Trump Administration objecting “in the strongest terms” to the U.S. decision to withhold $65 million in planned U.S. contributions to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA).
Millions of people will face life-threatening situations this winter. Freezing temperatures mean that the lives of babies, children and impoverished families are at serious risk.
Islamic Relief (IR) is working in multiple locations all over the world to limit the suffering people are facing this winter. IR offices have been distributing emergency aid, food, clothing, blankets and mattresses to people affected by war, conflicts and poverty.
The international humanitarian aid organisation, which has saved and transformed the lives of more than 110 million people https://www.islamic-relief.org.uk/savinglives worldwide, was founded in 1984 by Dr Hany El-Banna and fellow students from the University of Birmingham in response to the famine in Africa.
Islamic Relief (IR) CEO Naser Haghamed visited two schools in Fallujah which are being rehabilitated by IR. This is part of a project in which six schools are being repaired to allow children to return to a safe and comfortable learning environment. IR has been distributing school bags, providing counselling services for students, and capacity building services for teachers.
Over the past year, drought, famine, ongoing conflict and food insecurity have continued to devastate the lives of families across East Africa.
Across South Sudan and Somalia, an estimated 11.2 million people are facing critical levels of food scarcity. With chronic water shortages, livestock and crops are failing. Food prices are rising and with a lack of safe water, communities are also vulnerable to life-threatening illnesses such as cholera, diphtheria and diarrhoea.
International humanitarian organisation Islamic Relief has added its voice to a global call urging the UK, the United States and France to demand an immediate ceasefire and lead on action at the United Nations to secure a new peace deal for Yemen.
The appeal by more than 350 high-profile individuals and organisations coincides with 1,000 days of a war that has turned the poorest country in the Middle East into the world’s largest humanitarian crisis, with 22 million Yemenis in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.
As humanitarian organizations working in Yemen we condemn in the strongest possible terms the allegations of corruption and bias in the provision of relief assistance that continue to be put forward by the parties to the conflict in Yemen without proper substantiation.
Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Iraqi Red Crescent Society (IRCS) to collaborate on programmes and share resources.
The IRCS was founded in 1932 and joined the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent two years later. It is an independent national humanitarian society that works to reduce the suffering and pain of people without discrimination during peace and conflict. They have offices in every one of Iraq’s 18 provinces and chairs the Ministry of the Interior’s Disaster Response Group.
How humanitarian work across the world can be more effective and better serve its beneficiaries is being addressed at an international forum of Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in London today (Tuesday 28 November, from 9am to 6pm).
A diverse group of NGO influencers and decision makers from around the world has come together for the Bridging the Gaps forum at the QEII Conference Centre, Westminster under the auspices of the World Humanitarian Action Forum.
The devastating conflict in Syria that began on 15th March 2011 has claimed around 400,000 lives and created over five million refugees. Over 660,000 Syrians have sought refuge in Jordan (UNHCR data portal 6 August 2017), many of them crossing the border through the towns of Jaber and Ramtha.
Islamic Relief’s work in Jordan began in 1997 with an orphan sponsorship programme, and in 2011 we scaled up our activities to provide emergency assistance to those affected by the violence in Syria.
By Silvia Roscot
Albertina eats bread with tea every morning for pequeno almoço, Portuguese for breakfast, then walks an hour to school. Occasionally, she skips breakfast and forages fruits on the way to class. Chances are slim that she will have lunch at all. She attends a primary school in Boane District, a 45 minute drive from Maputo, Mozambique, where we met her. As if it was something to hope for, not something to expect, she told us she liked the idea of “lunch at school because I will get a meal, and will go to class without feeling hungry.”
Islamic Relief is marking 25 years of service in Pakistan, a country close to the heart of many of its donors and supporters. From sponsoring orphans and responding to emergencies, to developing communities and tackling climate change, Islamic Relief has been working with people across Pakistan to bring positive change to their lives.
Islamic Relief Pakistan (IRP) was established in 1992 and over the past quarter of a century, has improved the lives of over eight million people, spending over £100 million on relief and development programmes.
“We are in danger of ending life as we know it on our planet” Islamic Declaration on Climate Change
The international humanitarian aid agency Islamic Relief is calling for aid workers to be given unhindered access in Yemen so that millions on the brink of malnutrition or suffering from cholera have access to the food and medicines that are being brought into the country.
The call was made following the arrival in Yemen of an Islamic Relief cargo airplane at Sana'a International Airport carrying 19 tons of cholera medicines.
Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) and the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) have renewed their landmark commitment to working together on humanitarian causes.
The Memorandum of Understanding signed on 9th November 2017, reaffirms a long-standing partnership of joint humanitarian programmes, policy, research and advocacy, focusing specifically on faith and protection issues.
Islamic Relief is scaling up its support for humanitarian partner organisations working on the ground to provide vital aid to some of the hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the conflict in Myanmar to Cox’s Bazar in neighbouring Bangladesh.