Summary Findings and Recommendations
Millions and millions of people in the Middle East, Africa and Asia are struggling to seek a place of safety amidst ongoing internal conflicts and wars. They have no choice. They risk their lives, embark on a life-threatening journey and leave their properties as well as livelihoods behind in search of a better safer live.
A. Situational Overview and summary
25 July 2014
On 24th July 2014, Muslim Aid raised a record breaking £1.2 million through a telethon on Islam Channel to provide support to those affected by the recent escalating conflict in Gaza. Over 800 people have lost their lives, including women and children and thousands seriously injured.
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This year marked the 65th anniversary of the Palestinian Diaspora in which more than 800,000 Palestinians were forced to flee their homes. In light of this anniversary, the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS) revealed that of the 11.6 million Palestinians worldwide, at least more than half (45.7%) are refugees, though the figure is estimated to be much higher, as 5.3 million are currently registered with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in Palestine (UNWRA) yet many remain unregistered and undocumented.
Many people, particularly children, in the African countries die from vaccine-preventable diseases like measles, whooping cough, polio, rubella and tetanus. Vaccination is one of the most cost effective health interventions to avoid deaths due to such diseases. This year, the African Vaccination week is being observed from 23-29 April under the theme ‘’Saves Lives, Prevent disabilities. Vaccinate’’.
28 March 2013
Muslim Aid UK is pleased to announce that it has obtained permission from Myanmar Government authorities to deliver humanitarian relief to the internally displaced persons in the conflict-affected areas in Rakhine State. Following this progress, Muslim Aid has opened offices in Yangon and Sittwe.
Muslim Aid and Al Asmakh Charity, Qatar signed a Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation in London on 12 February 2013 to combine their resources for emergency response and poverty alleviation in Myanmar.
Muslim Aid today launched an Emergency Appeal to help those affected by the intense conflict in Gaza. The aerial bombardment has taken the lives of civilians including women and children. The conflict has placed enormous pressure on the Strip’s health infrastructure which is already under severe shortage of medical equipment and drugs to treat the sick and wounded. Gaza hospitals and clinics have been in need of medicines even before the start of the recent hostilities. There is a chronic need for medical aid.
Lack of hygiene and sanitation has resulted in the outbreak of cholera in Sierra Leone, infecting over 10,000 people and causing deaths of hundreds, since the beginning of this year. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO) the “rate of new cases has accelerated rapidly since the beginning of August.” The President of Sierra Leone has declared the escalating cholera epidemic a “humanitarian crisis”. There is an urgent need to contain this disease and treat those infected, as the death toll continues to increase.
As the humanitarian situation worsens in Myanmar, tens of thousands of minority Rohingyas are having to seek shelter in makeshift camps. In last month’s violence hundreds have died and become disabled. Many have been displaced from their homes and are unable to receive assistance. The areas hardest hit by the violence are Maungdaw and Sittwe, where it is still difficult to give an accurate estimate of total number of people affected.
As the conflict has worsened in Syria, the numbers of families seeking refuge in Lebanon have also increased, especially in the Northern and Eastern regions. Accordingly Muslim Aid has increased its food and non food items distribution and at the same time, made provisions for appropriate shelter for the Syrian families, working together with the Wadi Khalid’s volunteer council. A total of 2100 families have been supported by Muslim Aid in Lebanon so far.
By: Marya Jabeen, Information & Public Affairs Assistant Muslim Aid
There are many parts of the world suffering from malnutrition and hunger that adversely affect mental and physical growth of the affected individuals. Many a times, these effects are irreversible. Apart from being an unacceptable phenomenon morally, hunger also acts as an obstruction to the economic and social growth of the poorest nations. Recent food crises and economic downturns have further deteriorated the situation especially in areas like the Horn of Africa and Sahel.
The ongoing conflict in Syria has left over 200,000 people displaced. As more Syrian towns are getting caught in the crossfire of conflict, families are fleeing to the neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon in greater numbers. The influx of refugees is likely to increase due to the heavy shelling of villages near the border areas.
Every year millions of people suffer and die from tuberculosis (TB). According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 95% of these deaths occur in the low and middle-income nations. It is an infectious disease, and children who are exposed to family members with the illness are at high risk of contracting the disease.
Muslim Aid has launched a unique campaign to raise £100,000 by Friday 2nd March for the immediate delivery of essential relief to refugees fleeing the conflict in Syria. As the situation within Syria continues to deteriorate the number of affected families caught up in the crisis are finding it difficult to access neighbouring countries. Those which do manage to cross require food, medication and other necessities.
Muslim Aid has launched an emergency appeal to help the victims of the recent flash floods in Pakistan, which is still recovering from last year's devastating deluge. After heavy monsoon rains in August which are still continuing, up to 5.2 million people have been affected by floods in 22 districts in Sindh. Flood waters over roads and bridges have cut off public transport and relief workers' access to affected villages.