Last Monday 12th May saw a devastating earthquake strike Sichuan province in China. Measuring 7.9 on the Richter scale, the quake has left almost 30,000 dead, 150,000 injured and millions missing. Landslides and the risk of flooding threaten the work of rescue crews who are still frantically trying to retrieve survivors out from collapsed buildings.
About Muslim Hands
Muslim Hands - United for the Needy is an international relief and development organisation, established in 1993 with the objective of providing relief from poverty, sickness and the provision of education on a non-discriminatory basis.
We work both directly and with partners in 35 of the world's poorest countries.
MH Emergency Relief Teams (from Sudan) arrived in Mogadishu on Monday 16th April, a day before the fighting escalated to the current levels. They have reported that:
"Heavy indiscriminate shelling is pounding the Somali capital Mogadishu almost continuously, as government troops attempt to wipe out the Islamist groups in the city.
"All those that have the means of fleeing have done so already or are doing so now, creating the largest mass exodus from Mogadishu since 1991.
A personal account of Muslim Hands' Aid Mission to Lebanon
by Othman Moqbel
Tlonger than we had expected. Despite the he journey to Saida, from Amman took much ceasefire, the normally five hour long journey was extended to over 16 hours. Unable to cross the Jordanian Lebanese border at Al Masna due to heavy Israeli bombing, we were forced to travel via Tartus in Syria, crossing over into north Lebanon along a small rural road and then driving along the coastal highway to our destination Saida (Sidon).
There are two huge humanitarian crises looming in Lebanon and Gaza. The fact that the current conflict has seen more children than soldiers killed in Lebanon shows the true horror of this war and the blatant disregard for civilian life. The number of dead, injured and homeless in that country continues to rise daily with no prospect of a lasting peace in sight. Meanwhile, Israeli offensives continue apace in Gaza with daily civilian deaths and human suffering on an unimaginable scale, all barely reported by the media as events in Lebanon dominate.
Muslim Hands is the only overseas charity that has gained access to help the victims of the tsunami in both the Andaman and Nicobar islands in India. We have provided food and medical aid in temporary camps to the displaced people of the area.
January 20, 2005- Muslim Hands Office, Nottingham. Muslim Hands is the only overseas charity that has gained access to help the victims of the tsunami in both the Andaman and Nicobar islands in India. We have provided food and medical aid in temporary camps to the displaced people of the area. Dr Sohail Nasti, a medical doctor and Muslim Hands worker is managing the whole operation on the ground.
Banda Aceh on northern tip of Sumatra was very badly hit by the Tsunami (80,000 confirmed dead in this area alone, and rising)
MH SE Asia is funding medical supply to 9 medical clinics; two of these medical units are mobile. 3 more truckloads of food, water and medicine are on route to these affected areas supervised by MH volunteers in Medan
Many orphans that were found and rescued by MH volunteers in Banda Aceh and surrounding regions were kept and supported at Banda Aceh to allow family to find them.
"Millions of people severely affected by the most devastating 'tsunami' are desperately waiting for food and clean water on Indian ocean shores. The survivors facing hunger and thirst are now on the brink of epidemic" said one of our sources in Indonesia'.
Muslim Hands has allocated =A3500,000 for the emergency and sent teams to Indonesia, Malaysia, India and Sri Lanka to distribute the food and medical supplies.