Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Horn of Africa DROUGHT CRISIS – How you can Help them

Posted by • July 26, 2011



LEARN: Do you KNOW about this crisis? Please learn more here:
Aljazeera Spotlight on Horn of Africa: http://aje.me/p9cKte

10 million Muslims are suffering in the Horn of Africa amidst the worst drought seen in 60 years. Poverty has become extreme: children are dying of starvation, pregnancies are resulting in miscarriages and farmers’ livelihoods are being destroyed.

Many mothers along with their children say they have walked for a month on bare and bloodied feet to refugee camps in Kenya. Journeys of more than 300 miles are common. In their search for food and water, they have slept for weeks on burning sand under open skies.

Water is now so scarce that the governor of the Middle Shabelle region, Abdullahi Moalim Hussain, recently said: ‘Water is so expensive in the area that people are being buried without being washed, which is compulsory in Islam.’

Ummah Welfare Trust is appealing for funds to help feed starving refugees in Dadaab, Northern Kenya.
Rasulallah Salallahu 'alaihi wasallam said: 'Whoever gives charity equal to a date from good earnings – for Allah does not accept anything but that which is good – Allah will take it in His right hand and tend it for the one who gave it as any one of you tends his foal, until it becomes like a mountain.' (Bukhari and Muslim)

Our Responses:

Following assessments on the ground, your donations will make the following difference:

£10,000 will feed 1000 families for 10 days.
£30 will feed 1 family for 1 month.
£10 to feed 1 family for 10 days
£1 to feed 1 family for 1 day

The reality is that the people suffering today are being tested by Allah with hunger and thirst; and their ranks will surely increase because of this:

Shaykh Yasin (UWT Head of Operations in Somalia) says, ’They have lost everything, except the deen of Allah which is still strong, walhamdulillah!’

But we are also being tested; and Allah in His infinite Mercy is also giving us an opportunity to increase our ranks. But as members of the Ummah of Muhammad Sallallahu ‘alaihi wa sallam, we have to take a step forward.

Donate to Ummah Welfare Trust

Donate by Text: Text AFRC11 £1/£5/£10 to 70070, e.g. AFRC11 £5 to give £5
DONATE! Give as much money, food, clothing to relieve your Brothers and Sisters and their suffering!
RAISE AWARENESS: Inform others about this crisis. Invite them to this event in order to encourage them to give for the sake of Allah.

HOW? Through any trustworthy Islamic Charity or any collection effort in your local community...
Links to Charities Helping the Horn of Africa
People. This is one HUGE crisis the poor poor people in Somalia (and Kenya&Ethiopia) are suffering badly. I have read that mothers are having to make a choice between leaving WHICH particular sick baby behind (on the probability that he/she will die quicker) .. in order to save their own strength.

*blinks back tears*.

I SO wish I were a millionnaire. OR even a steady income would have done the trick. Please people. If you have the resources, and  you can afford to eat three square meals a day, please remember these people who are literally dying out there, due to lack of food and water.

In the onset of Ramadan, when these kind of adverts become common ...

We should remember that the burden of responsibility lies with us as well. A child who starved on the hot, dusty plains of Africa might ask us on Judgement Day, why we could have a lovely combo 1, while he/she starved in another land, and we didn't help.

IF we don't help.

But I have faith in people of this country especially in the month of Ramadan, that they will give as much as possible to the needy, and especially to the vast number of people struggling to survive in Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya.

So long folks.

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