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Muslim Charity launches crisis appeal for East African famine

News Desk, London
Tuesday, 09 August, 2011 08:59:08 PM

Muslim Charity has launched ‘£1 million Crisis Campaign’ to help the victims of drought and famine in East African countries of Somalia, Kenya and Ethopia.

Muslim Charity’s vice president Junaid Jamshed said while commenting on the East African crisis, “At the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the people of Abyssinia (modern day Ethiopia) provided aid and security to early Muslims and the companions of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him)... Today let us help the people of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa during their time of need. I urge everyone to support Muslim Charity’s £1 million Crisis Campaign.”

The drought and famine that is sweeping across the Horn of Africa, predominantly in the states of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia, has now developed into the worst disaster in the world today and has already claimed thousands of lives and affected millions.

In some regions of Somalia, the drought is the worst that has been witnessed in the last 60 years. The food crisis affecting the region is a result of many factors, but primarily due to a total failure of the 2010 October-December rainfall and very poor April-June rainfall in 2011. Consequently, crops have failed, labour demand has fallen and livestock have perished.

Realising the dire situation, Muslim Charity initiated its UK Appeal on 15th July 2011via a live telethon in aid of the people of East Africa. Five days later, on 20thJuly 2011 the United Nations declared a famine in two regions of Somalia; Southern Bakool and Lower Shabelle. Subsequently, on 3rd August2011, the United Nations declared famine in a further three regions of Somalia; the Afgoye corridor outside Mogadishu, the capital itself, and Middle Shabelle.

There are currently four primary refugee camps on the borders of Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya with Somalia. Kenya’s Dadaab Refugee Camp – which is 20 years old – is officially the world’s largest refugee camp housing more than 370,000 people, and the numbers keep on growing.

A press statement of Muslim Charity says its teams are on the ground working in some of the worst hit regions. “Our Campaign has been strategically designed and appeals have been launched for food packages, safe and drinkable water, shelters and most importantly emergency healthcare services.”

In addition to the short-term emergency needs Muslim Charity has also launched an appeal to raise funds for a long-term project; the Muslim Charity Gyne Hospital Somalia for which £400,000 are required.

The planned 25 bed gyne hospital will aim to reduce the worrying child mortality rates and improve maternal healthcare in line with United Nations Millennium Development Goals", Vice Chairman Bakhtyar Pirzada explains. - PR

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