Throughout the coronavirus pandemic an abiding fear had stalked the world’s most vulnerable populations. According to The Guardian, “Millions of people displaced by conflict in the Middle East watched with alarm as Europe and the west withered under a caseload that stretched first-world healthcare systems to their limits. They saw field hospitals being set up in capitals. Governments buckling under the strain. The developing world offering aid to the developed.”
Numbers of infections in camps across Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and the Palestinian territories have risen sharply throughout September. The spike in cases is beginning to outstrip the surges in those countries far better placed to deal with the aftermath. Cramped living conditions in refugee camps, limited hygiene facilities, medical care and education about the virus’s dangers do not bode well as winter approaches.
Globally, the fear is rising that there will again be thousands of deaths. It is better to be cautious rather than being infected. We are trying to send out much needed food and hygiene kits globally so that the rural populations stay indoors and don’t worry about feeding their children. Please donate generously.
As soon as the crisis hit the UK, our volunteers sprung into action and over the past 3 weeks we have been providing daily hot meals in South Shields to the elderly and disabled who are self-isolating at home and have no one to turn to.
As the lockdowns are in place in many countries around the world, so our international teams have been mobilised and we have been delivering food packs and hygiene kits in Gaza, Pakistan, Bangladesh and for the Syrian refugees in the camps of Lebanon.
We are privileged in the West to be able to stay at home and maintain social distancing but our brothers and sisters in the refugee camps of Lebanon are physically unable to maintain social distancing and are worried on how they will feed their families this Ramadan.
The work is not over yet. The needy are depending on your Zakat and Sadaqah donations. Check out the images on this page and our social media pages for daily updates of your donations being delivered to those in need.